Nick Clegg is so quick to refer to the Liberal Democrats as a new party, a party that can change the face of politics. Well I do not disagree they can change the political face, from a smile to a very large frown. The Lib-Dems granted, may be a relatively new party starting in 1988. Although however new they may be, they are still just the combined result of two failed political parties. So let’s not consider the possibility of a double negative for the time being, 1 failing party + 1 failing party = 1 even bigger failing party! They are a combination of the Liberal party and the Social Democrat party and, contrary to Clegg’s opinion, are a centre-leftwing minded party. This means they are much more comparable to Brown’s Labour party than to the centre-right minded views of Cameron’s Conservative party. In Wales the Lib-Dems were in fact in coalition with the Labour party, one wonders why this would happen if one party is unlike the other?
We have seen David Cameron targeted by Clegg for the cuts he proposes to make to restore our damaged economy to its former good health. Although social liberalism believes in higher tax rates for public services, would you prefer to carry n whilst our economical sectors are improved and efficiency is increased? Or pay yet more money which will be thrown at these failing sectors with no promise of reform?
The Lib-Dems have the greatest interest in the European Union when compared to the other two parties, even though the seeming federalist ambitions of the EU may be unattractive to many UK voters. The EU also intends to impose the requirement that it vet each country’s budgets before the head of state is allowed to inform his/her own public. This means that the power to decide what our country spends its money on will ultimately lie inside Brussels. I ask you to consider how logical this would be? How can a governing body that does not reside with UK border know what it is that our country is in need of? Yes, they can look at the national statistics, although they are unable to witness both public and private services and how well they perform for themselves.
We have a current national debt in excess of Â£900 billion. Had we not been part of the European Union this sum could be Â£146 billion less than that. Although, Nick Clegg does not seem as worried about the national debt as we, the British public are. As he has been paid very generous sums during his time spent as an MEP. So whilst we are subjected to personal debt, nice Clegg is very much on the other side of the red line (the left I would believe).
The Lib-Dems have a great interest in the environment and renewable energy although we are never told the full story. Should the yellow party come into power they will invest in renewable sources of energy. However, the equipment such as wind turbines and other green producers of power will be sourced from the current places of production within the EU. The Conservative party also share the view that we should make better use of green energy sources. Although George Osborne suggests a more cost efficient way of doing so if we make facilities available within the UK. Green production lines if you may, we shall save great amounts on importing fees. We will also become less reliant on the EU by doing so.
Our current debt is slowly starting to match that of Greece. Greece have fallen into large amounts of debt, they have had to resort to asking the EU and IMF for help. This may seem like a benefit although, as we know from life, if we are in debt with a friend or such (unless a very good friend) until we pay back that sum we feel burdened by this. Now we just have to imagine the same situation on a larger scale. The only difference being, when you have borrowed that money from your friend, you normally would not have given them Â£146 billion prior to doing so.
The merger of the Social Democrats and Liberal parties also tells us how closely the Lib-Dems are associated with the ways of our current Labour government. The Social Democrat party were actually a group of labour MPs who broke away from the main party due to small differences in opinion in 1980. Nick Clegg himself is not exactly overwhelmingly unlike Cameron as he also claims his genes have been linked back to Johann V, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, which makes him not a close relative but relative all the same, of David Cameron, being in fact the Tory leaders 16th cousin. Then again the word of an actor should always be taken with a touch of scepticism. As he did star in a play with Helen Bonham Carter, this may be why the Lib-Dem leader wooed so many of the British public in the first electoral debates? He did use certain tactics that actors commonly do, such as speaking to the camera not the audience in order to make a better connection with the reader. He spent a long while as part of the student theatre at Cambridge and it clearly shows.
Clegg was also (believe it or not) a member of the Cambridge University Conservative Association for a whole year, although he seems to have a selective memory as he cannot recall this. Well you never know he may be telling the truth, actors have a great love for honesty after all. He does show honesty, as he admitted being disloyal to his own party during the time Sir Menzies Campbell was party leader. Not only did he show his lack of loyalty for the party leader but also for many other members. Nick Clegg also was an apprentice at a left wing newspaper; it seems he cannot tell left from right. So instead of the logical idea of forming a new party by taking on the qualities of the current parties and producing a far better alternative. What the liberal democrats under Nick Clegg have done is, taken a lucky dip of ideas from both sides and, during the excitement; they have managed to lose the ability to improve upon these. They are in fact a mixture of blue and red although, whereas labour and the conservatives are bright primary colours, the Lib-Dems are a dull and slightly offish shade of green.