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Today I am ill, because I have a fever and a headache and I feel shit, and I've been forbidden from showing up at work where apparently they have quite enough of germs spread by small children, thanks all the same.

So instead, I've stayed home and nursed myself with teas and lemsips and daytime television [oh the spectacularly bad films on channel 5 i've so desperately missed since being a responsible working citizen], and to not feel like I haven't done anything productive with my day I went and joined the Liberal Democrats.

I am determined to vote this election because I'm disillusioned in Labour and as my disillusionment and frustration grows I believe it's time to take a stand.

I oppose Conservatives on both moral and social grounds, because whatever their posters may say I think their policies are a bunch of racist, inhumane, uncompassionate, reactionary, hard-headed wank.
On the same note I have been disillusioned with the Labour governemnt over what they've done in Iraq and failed to do in education [axe university fees for example], so the Lib Democrats do seem "The Real Alternative".

From the site:

10 Good reasons to vote liberal democrat

WE OPPOSE: Putting targets first
WE PROPOSE: Putting patients first
Faster diagnosis so your NHS treatment can start more quickly

WE OPPOSE: Tuition fees & top up fees
WE PROPOSE: Scrapping student fees
Further education affordable to every student

WE OPPOSE: Compulsory I.D. Cards
WE PROPOSE: Spending the money on 10,000 more police
Funded by scrapping compulsory I.D. cards

WE OPPOSE: Selling your home to pay for care
WE PROPOSE: Free personal care for the elderly
No one forced to sell their home to pay for care

WE OPPOSE: Ignoring climate change
WE PROPOSE: Cleaner transport & cleaner energy
Cleaner transport, cleaner energy and a cleaner environment

WE OPPOSE: £1.5 billion on the child trust fund
WE PROPOSE: £1.5 billion towards reducing class sizes
Spend the £1.5 billion Child Trust Fund when it matters most

WE OPPOSE: Means-testing pensioners
WE PROPOSE: £100 extra per month starting with the over 75s
A million pensioners off means-testing

WE OPPOSE: Hidden tax increases
WE PROPOSE: Only one tax increase - on income above £100,000 per year
Only one tax increase on income over £100,000

WE OPPOSE: Unfair council tax
WE PROPOSE: Local income tax, saving typical households £450 per year
Local Income Tax is both fair and affordable

WE OPPOSE: Bush & Blair on Iraq
WE PROPOSE: Never again
It's time to restore trust in government


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Apr. 15th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
Good woman : )
Apr. 15th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
Hurrah :)

do you think they stand a chance of getting power?
(no subject) - land_girl - Apr. 15th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 15th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
The only thing on that list I oppose is scrapping university fees, which I consider (on a VERY small scale, not an American scale) to be a good thing (but only if offset with grants/scholarships for poorer students and excellent scholars).

The reason I support fees is because they can function as a tax on rich students who only attend university because it's a "legacy" and also on those students who don't attend university for the education. If fees were implemented properly, nobody who really belonged at university would have to pay them, but the universities would get extra cash to offset the negative effect the timewasters have on class sizes and effective tutoring.

It's a small issue with me, and I easily see both sides. And that's the biggest disagreement I have with the Lib Dems, while I find that both Labour and the Conservatives have massive flaws in their manifestos.

I really wish the Lib Dems had a chance. I'm not sure they do, but maybe those who really care will vote Lib Dem, while all the other apathetic voters who would have gone Labour/Tory will stay home. You can never tell what the polls are going to yield.
Apr. 15th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you on the tuition fees thing. It's been the cause of many MANY arguments between Iain and me, but I really do feel that if there's a finite amount of money in the budget for education, the bulk of it should go on schools rather than on higher education. University is a very good thing for culture and society and the deveopment of thinking, but in some senses its a luxury, and there are too many people that go to because they can, not becuase they want to, and not because they ever intend to graduate or use what they learn. Loans are intimidating, but if they're structured properly, with a system of grants for those that need them, then I think it could work.
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Eeeks!!!!! Richie!!!! - legrandeval - Apr. 18th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 15th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
*smiles* aha! another convert, i maintain that if people think about it and actually look at what the parties are offering more people than not will be voting Lib Dem. I think the main problem is that people are apprehensive about how they would be at leading the country and tend to vote for a 'safe' option instead of the party who would do the country some good. It'd be nice if they could actually gain a decent amount of seats in the next term.
Apr. 15th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
I must say they've impressed me hugely, and I do hope they do well. I was reading their manifesto and I felt for the first time that a political party was speaking humane and common sense, with everyone else it's just *spin, spin, wank, empty promises that sound good, spin, spin*.

Hurrah for the Lib Dems!

I think the main problem is that people are apprehensive about how they would be at leading the country and tend to vote for a 'safe' option instead of the party who would do the country some good.

yeah :( that's what I'm afraid of... but let's hope for the best on 5th of may.
Apr. 15th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
I love the way you're so definite about this - it's really refreshing to read.

This is the first election when I've really been at a loss about who to vote for, and think I'll probably only decide when I get to the polling booth. In the area I live it's very unlikely there'll be a shift away from Labour, so I think I'll vote Lib Dem to up their numbers and show support. But I dunno. I've lost my fire for caring, really, caring about party politics, at least.
Apr. 15th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, party politics pisses me off so much more than it used to, too. Although I’m still Lib Dem, albeit with Green tendencies.
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Apr. 15th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
Re: YAY THE LIB DEMS!!!!! i love the LibDems.
YAY for yellow!!!
Apr. 15th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
I so don't know which way to vote. The armed forces have been fucked over so many times since I joined up, by successive governments that at the present time, if push ever came to shove, I feel we wouldn't be able protect the people we serve. We have been on the receiving end of so many cutbacks that it is beginning to appear to me that no-one gives a shit. At the present time the very station on which I serve is set to close down, the very same station that is the very last active unit that flew aircraft during the Battle of Britain. So much for esprit de corps and preserving our links to the past. Fuck Geoff Hoon and Fuck Labour.
Apr. 16th, 2005 09:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, and it's a terrible shame because the British Armed forces are actually probably the only ones in the world I like and they have been given a raw deal.

Well, according to the
The Lib Dem Manifesto [The international Affairs section]
they oppose cutbacks to the army and propose making the armed forces well trained and well-equipped [eg. not have equipment arrive late, or inadequately] and that the priorities should be dealing with emergencies at home, rather than committing to overseas campaigns. At least that's what I think they say.

And of course, it's hard to say if any promise a politician makes is going to bear up of course, but I think at least Lib Dems haven't had a chance to fuck people over yet and they might do just fine and actually do what they say they'll do. [while since the other two appear to have fucked people over, the past evidence indicates they'll likely do so again given half a chance. ho hum].
Apr. 16th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
I'm a Labourite and want Tony to win a third term... but I'll be very happy if lots of people vote Lib Dem. Why? I want the British electoral system to be a two-party system again. Once the Tories are consigned to the dustbin of history then we can really start going places :)
Apr. 16th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC)
please put up some pictures of your hair! we are in feverish states of excitement to know what it looks like short.

I've had Labourite sympathies for a long time - certainly I've always been Left Of Centre in my political leanings- but the governemnt of Tony Blair has not impressed me at all.

And Tories into dustbin i'm all for :D
Apr. 16th, 2005 09:31 am (UTC)
Eh, draga, pisem ti bas i na srpskom jer se nadam da gomila njih nece razumeti (iskreno se nadam). Zao mi je sto si lose, sto te uhvatila neka vrsta gripica, pij cajice, i cuvaj mi se.
A to uclanjenje u stranku?
Znam da su Englezi poprilicno zagrizeni za to i da je to kod vas tema koja je cesto na tapetu, ali ti si mi bar licila na normalnu osobu, te se pitam sta ce ti to uopste (znam da nije svejedno biti kod Karica ili Tadica), ali ljubavi, mislim da si ti mnogo iznad svega toga.
No, ako te to usrecuje, i ja sam srecna.:))
Ljubim te puno, pisacu ti uskoro, a ti da mi budes dobro.
Mnogo te volim
Apr. 16th, 2005 09:49 am (UTC)
Cao Mico! :)

Ovo mi je prvi put da sam se uclanila u bilo koju stranku, najvise zbog toga sto mi se zgadila politika Toni Blera. Izbori u Engleskoj su sad za par nedelja [5 Maj] a u Engleskoj postoje cetiri stranke za koje mozes da glasas:
1] Konzervativci [Majkl Hauard]
2] Laburisti [Toni Bler]
3] Liberalne Demokrate [Carls Kenedi]
4] Zelena Partija

Duboko sam ubedjena da ce Konzervatci ponovo sjebati zemlju [engleska 90s je bila u prilicno jadnom stanju], mislim da Laburisti marsiraju punom parom u ekonomsku i internacionalnu propast, da je Zelena Partija partija nema dobar plan sta da radi van spasavanja ekologije, tako da ostaju Liberalne Demokrate kao opcija.
Sve sto sam videla kod njih ukazuje na to da su realisticni, humani, progresivni i liberalni. Ja cu definitivno da glasam za njih 5og, a uclanivanjem mogu da se malo angazujem i da pomognem [jer za razliku od Laburista i Konzervativaca oni su siromasna partija].

Za sada sva evidencija [npr. ono sto su uradili u Skotskoj] govori da Liberalne Demokrate valjaju, i volela bi da dobro prodju na izborima te sam resila da se aktiviram. :)

Ali naravno me zanima ako ti se cini da tu nesto ne valja. :)

Kako si ti mila moja?

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