Honesty Is The Best Policy

With the Liberal Democrat Conference in full swing and everyone throwing rocks at Nick Clegg, criticism coming from all directions.  I have been critical, perhaps I should see what all the fuss is about, examine the evidence, as they say, let’s look at some policies from the Liberal Democrat Party manifesto 2010. Some bullet points, so to speak.

Education.

Extra £2.5Bn to cut class sizes to 20.   800,000 workplace experience for young people. Scrap tuition fees for undergraduates.  Guaranteed degree places for students from the poorest areas.

Health.

Patient entitlement to diagnoses or treatment on time or the right to go for private treatment.   Attack on NHS bureaucracy.

Crime.

Recruit 3000 more police officers. A freedom bill to regulate intrusions into people’s private lives.

Defence.

Scrap Trident.

Foreign Policy.

Join the Euro.  Closer ties with Europe.

Environment.

Higher taxes on aircraft flights.  Scrap Heathrow expansion.  100% clean energy, No nuclear No coal. More Insulation!

Finance.

Cut the deficit with government savings and a cap on pay rises in the public sector.  Break up the banks.  Tax cuts, and a tax on bankers bonuses.

So lets look at what has happened:-

Education:

Cuts mean schools will close across the country and class sizes increase. Tuition fees have been increased for university students.

Health:

A massive reorganisation of the NHS, changing the entire management structure and the way health services are administered.

Crime:

Cuts to front line services, 28000. less policemen available. The freedom bill thrown away. Control orders renewed.

Defence:

New Submarines have been ordered for Trident. Scrapping of conventional forces, redundancies to soldiers fighting in Afghanistan by Email.

Foreign Policy:

Europe? conservatives? 

Environment:

New nuclear power stations, new coal power stations. Heathrow expansion continues.

Finance:

The banks are getting richer. Higher profits, and paying out huge bonuses. Swingeing cuts right across society affecting the ordinary people. Tax increases.

If politicians had the same rules applied to them as they apply to companies, ie., regulated by the advertising standards agency; all these politicians would have to stand for re-election because they defrauded the electorate. Two Labour MP,s lost their seats because they lied about their opponents, but isn’t this lying? surely the electorate has the right to be told the truth. They say the economy was in a bad state, but everyone knew that before the election, it wasn’t a surprise. If the Labour Government had allowed the Banks to go Broke perhaps the country would be better off. Probably the ordinary man in the street would not have the crippling effects of huge government debt while bankers once again enjoy the champagne life style. Perhaps the Liberals  hoped they wouldn’t have anything to do with Government, then you can promise the world but do not have to deliver.

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About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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