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No wonder voters are unsure

March 2, 2010

According to yesterdays Guardian voters are still unsure about the Tories.   Well I guess given the opinion polls that is not surprising.  The Tories seem a little light on policy and detail for instance precisely how they propose to cut the budget deficit.  Where they do have policies they struggle to communicate them (witness Cameron’s slip up earlier this year) and sometimes it appears that they are making decisions on the hoof (witness the announcement re tax breaks on marriage in his speech at the weekend)

The policy announcement this year that has really taken my breath away and which seems entirely indicative of the contempt with which the Tories hold the electorate has been their plan to sell off the UK government stake in the banks.  They propose to give taxpayers a discount on the shares as they try to off load them.  What they seem to ignore is the fact that the banks are actually owned by the UK government …in other words they are owned by us the taxpayer. What they appear to be suggesting is that taxpayers should pay to buy something into which they have already pumped billions and which they already own.  Far better to float the shares on the open market at an appropriate time and pay down some of the debt

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  1. Nicola Brown
    March 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    The whole thing is a disaster – Brown is a disaster – Cameron a disaster waiting to happen and sadly nothing really hopeful or cohesive from the lib dems from what I can see.

    I cannot name the shadow cabinet …….. let alone define any of the major parties policies.

    I am in a lot of ways ideal Lib Dem target – but I lost my faith in them over their backing of labour over the EU referendum.

    Looks like no vote – or maybe a green vote or UKIP vote – or monster raving loony party if they have a candidate here.

  2. budgie
    March 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Like Nicola, my vote has usually gone to the LibDems (or LabDems, as I now refer to them as).

    Their support of Labour over the Lisbon Treaty non-referendum certainly dented my enthususiam, but what has really made me turn my back on them is their support for the referendum on AV.

    The Liberals have been campaigning for decades for Proportional Representation. AV is not LibDem policy, yet they are prepared to become the Pavlovian lap-dogs of Labour in return for a referendum on AV which might gain them a few more seats.

    The argument that it is a small step towards PR is completely misguided. How many decades do we have to wait for the next step?

    Once AV is in place, there is a real danger that it will lead to a perpetual Labour Government. If that happens, then AV is the first and last step on the way to Proportional Representation.

  3. March 2, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Well the Lib Dems are very pro Europe but I believe that a referendum could be won. As for AV I guess it is a question of a bird in the hand being worth two in the bush. How many decades have we waited for any step? It is still Liberal Democrat policy to move to STV for elections but as they say “politics is the art of the possible”

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