The Liberal Democrats have forever promoted the fundamental importance of Human Rights, and one of the most significant benefits of being a member state within the EU is that we are all equally privileged to share such rights. Despite all the Lib Dem’s great efforts to promote Human Rights, they could go so much further to show the public just how powerful Human Rights actually are.
It’s not difficult to understand why the Conservatives want to scrap Human Rights. After all, most of their policies are Draconian, and so Human Rights are a threat and basically get in the way of their Public Bills. The Tories will do everything they can to scrap Human Rights, but Human Rights have not yet been scrapped and this is where Tim Farron must use the tools still available to him, while they are still there.
Many would think that it is impossible to take a government to the European Courts, but why should it be? After all, no living man, police officer, judge, or politician is above the law. This includes organizations, political parties and governments. In fact, Amnesty International has recently taken the UK Government to the European Court of Human Rights over its indiscriminate mass surveillance practices. So why cannot the opposition do just that? It is fundamental and the Rule of Law that no one is above the law.
When Labour stepped to one side and allowed the Welfare Bill to pass, no consideration was given to the ramifications this Bill would have on the young, sick, disabled and low waged working poor. Not only does the Bill impact on the Human Rights of those living, but it also attacks the unborn third child who did not ask to be born nor should they suffer because it. Capping Child Tax Credits to two children does not mean that parents will become more responsible overnight. And by thinking that cutting Tax Credits will punish the parents more so for having a third child, then you have simply not even bothered to consider the innocent child who will actually suffer the most.
Article 25 of the HRA states:
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
A clear violation of the Human Rights Act is evident, and yet no one is taking the government to court for such acts. Our eight Lib Dem MPs in Parliament could make such a difference, they just need a little dutch courage and to do something radical that’s probably never been done before! If they could employ human rights by acting on it, not only will it demonstrate why Human Rights are so important but will show how they work for you, and ultimately, it could also save many of those currently being attacked by ideological driven cuts in the name of austerity. Otherwise, what’s the point of Human Rights if we never stand up or hold the right to actually defend both ourselves and others when our rights are being attacked?
Since Tim Farron decided to stand for Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Lambites have been all out trying to smear Tim and hinder his campaign. Despite Tim giving a more than fair justification to his previous voting record, Lambites have not ceased to keep throwing the same accusations towards Tim. Unfortunately, to some it’s not about liberalism at all, but more about winning at any cost.
The Norman Lamb campaign is being called a ‘conquest’ by many supporters because as with any conquest, they believe there is something to conquer. Just as the crusaders captured Jerusalem in the first crusade, the Lamb ‘crusaders’ are attempting to capture the future of liberalism. However, as with any conquest, they can only attack for what they lack. In other words, they can only attack for the things they do not already have. That is why they are attacking Tim because deep down they know that Tim already has the liberalism to lead and they do not.
For far too long, we have seen this type of skullduggery take precedence within British Politics. The question you truly have to ask yourselves is, do you really want to see the Liberal Democrats continue with the same old politics or do you want to see the party do what it says on the tin? Tim Farron has lead a positive campaign based on fairness, honesty and transparency. He has not shied away from the tough questions but has tackled them head on. His support has not attacked Lamb, but on the contrary, they have complimented Lamb but chosen Tim to lead.
The Lambite camp, on the other hand, are doing their very best to keep Lamb hidden away by focusing on portraying Tim in a negative light. Mostly, they are trying to use his religion against him. Even though the justification presented for Tim’s previous voting record was one based on logic rather than faith. And as it stands, Tim has always been the favourite to lead the liberal movement and they simply cannot accept that. We need a better politics and Tim does not only lead by his words alone but he leads by good example. The Lambite conquest will try to damage Farron, but Tim’s movement is strong and it will take far more than a few rusty daggers to see him off.
Liberal Democrats need to ask themselves, do they want to be conquered or liberated?
There seems to be a common misperception with regards to our democratic voting system. Many seem to think that First Past the Post (FPTP) works very well and is a democratically fair system. However, there are many others who can (rightly) see something far more problematic with it. Regarding those in support of FPTP, they tend to only be supportive of this electoral voting method due to it benefiting their own ends in someway. On the other hand, many voters seem to accept FPTP due to apathy, as well as being far more ready to accept the status quo than to challenge it.
FPTP is far more about competition than it is about representation. It is based on either winning or losing. If it is fair to say that Members of Parliament are elected based on winning, then is it not also fair to question the fate of the losers? Surely our democracy is not one based on representation but one based on gambling. It is based on chance rather than choice – it just really presents the illusion of choice. Of course you have a choice. You can vote with principle or tactically, but as much as you do so, you will never get the representation that you truly want. Not unless you are on the winning team, of course
Fundamentally, FPTP underpins and supports a two party political structure that is not fit for purpose in 21st century Britain. To put it bluntly, It’s simply like going to Lingfield and trying to figure out the right horse to back. If you happen to get lucky and win, you will see great returns. But if your horse falls at the fences and you lose, then you simply go home empty handed; having to wait five more years until you get another chance to place your bet.
It is completely understandable why many feel that voting is pointless. In many ways under FPTP it is. Those disillusioned mostly say, “Nothing will ever change”, and despite everyone making the effort to encourage non-voters to vote, the non-voter does have a legitimate point to make. This point needs to be understood rather than criticised. If telling non-voters that “if you do not vote, then do not have the right to complain” is justified, then what do you say to those who do vote and yet their vote still counted for nothing?
When the Liberal Democrats went into coalition with the Tories, the Liberal Democrats wanted to push electoral reform by bringing Proportional Representation (PR) to the negotiating table. In my own personal opinion, there is not a fairer and more representative system that exists today than PR. Although, the Lib Dems have been accused of being nothing more than “power hungry” and “careerists”, the Lib Dems gained a position of power through FPTP and yet still wanted to introduce a fairer voting system!
Seeing that the Conservatives won a small majority, a majority nevertheless, the idea that Britain is crawling with Tories could not be farther from the truth. Overall, they only picked up 36.9% of the vote share and yet are now representing the other 63.1% of people that did not vote for them. Surely in a fair democracy, you would at least expect any governing body to rake in at least 51% of the vote. Unfortunately, the majority is being governed by a minority who are clearly dressed in baggy trousers; appearing the majority just because the goal posts have been placed where it suits them.
Another thing one must question, is, if the Conservatives really cared about the electorate having any form of real representation, then why did they refuse to accept a PR referendum when the Lib Dems put it on the table? It was simple. They did not care about the electorate having representation, they solely cared about maintaining their position in power; not to represent but to govern instead.
There are small pockets in the country, voting under FPTP, who’s vote counts up to 22 times more than the vote of others. It took millions of votes to elect one Green and UKIP MP and yet only around 33,000 votes to elect a Conservative MP. This is our democracy people. Like with a game of sport, that has been played under corrupt rules, we must demand a replay under new and fairer rules. This Conservative government, in my eyes, do not have the legitimacy to represent or govern the majority. Our system appears more elitist than ever before. The system is broken, and we should be doing everything we possibly can to fix it.
Liberal Democrats clearly show they are not for taking baby steps when dealing with inequality.
For the first time, we will see both mothers and fathers share more parental rights as Nick Clegg announces that mothers and fathers will be eligible to apply for up to 1 year of shared parental leave (maternal/paternal as they see fit) and extended flexible working.
Why is this positive for fathers? As it now stands, fathers have very little rights and miss out on sharing the vital bonding time with their newborns due to limited paternal rights. In fact, until now, they merely get the leftovers or the breadcrumbs of maternal rights as they can only apply for a mere one-two weeks of paternal leave while mothers enjoy up to 52 weeks of maternity leave. The imbalance is that fathers miss out on fulfilling their parental duties while mothers miss out fulfilling their careers in the work place.
This new policy is a positive step for women and employers. The way things have been has only reinforced the sexist idea that fathers are naturally the breadwinners while mothers “should be” at home raising the kids. This disparate and ignorant way of thinking has been the very underpinning to the inequality that has seen many fathers treated unfairly in the family courts, as well as delivering the vast inequality that most hardcore feminists kick off about on a daily basis.
It is to my understanding that employers will now get to work with both mothers and fathers so that working hours can be negotiated, alternated and shared between the two; thus employers get the most out of their work force while both parents get the most out of their careers while enjoying parenthood. Women can no longer be discreetly palmed off by potential employers due to the fear of them perhaps one day wanting to start a family. This will also apply for grandparents so they can apply to help their children by helping their grandchildren.
This is a fantastic policy from the Liberal Democrats. It clearly exhibits that the war against sexism has now begun, and that a tangible responsibility to children should be shared between both mothers and fathers. Lets now get the same rights for fathers when mothers and fathers have separated due to the family courts still seeing the mother as the ‘stay at home’ and the father as a mere ‘breadwinner’.
What is refreshingly positive is that the Liberal Democrats are clearly determined to stamp out inequality as they attempt to bring balance back to the force, and stop that callous cloned blue army from bringing about any further imbalances to the galaxy.
At least now, Luke might actually know who his father is.
Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes catches Nigel Farage out on national television as Farage clearly shows that he has played on people’s fears through use of language games. Nigel claims that we will be opening up our borders to 29 Million Bulgarians and Romanians but he doesn’t emphasize that 29 Million Bulgarians and Romanians are not the estimated figure of those that will actually come here.
Funny, apparently English is the international language of the world and they speak it in Bulgaria, but not in Germany 😀
Do not be fooled!
I usually stick an image or a video when blogging to catch the eye of the reader but this time round I want to get straight to the point. No lovely images or fancy videos. Just you, me and the truth.
It has been a shoddy week this week for three parties in-particular. First we’ve had Labour disappearing somewhere off to the left, the Conservatives running off to the right to appease their right-wing base, and then we have had UKIP telling the people exactly what they want to hear in hard times. Despite that one of their local policies states about cutting councillors’ allowances and expenses and slashing the ‘fat cat pay deals for senior council staff’, let us not forget, this time four years ago, Nigel Farage boasted of spending £2 million of tax payers money, on-top of his £64,000 salary, on financing his own political message. Practice what you preach springs to mind, Mr. Farage.
I can actually empathize with every day people. It cannot be easy when you have political parties all at each other throats, and not only are most initially out to protect the interests of the unions, the rich and their own political agendas, it would also seem true that when the going gets tough, Labour, the Tories and UKIP ALL get running!
Let me assure you one thing now: The Liberal Democrats are running nowhere and they are STILL standing firm and tall on the center ground of fairness. Whilst the others run to their corners, to protect the interests of those that really matter to them, it has been local Liberal Democrats that have stood firm in the face of criticism and it has been local Liberal Democrats that have been out knocking on doors, ringing local people and offering up their time and efforts to help local people get on in life.
Something most politicians lack is consistency, and when Liberal Democrats have proved their consistency by delivering key manifesto pledges (which can be found here), there has still been outcries of undeserving criticism against them. They understand that in life, you can’t have it all. They are not tribal and do not seek to enter an ideological war that has gone on for over a century or more; creating even more divisions and even more hatred between people. They are a party that genuinely cares about local people because they are a party made up of local people. The Liberal Democrats are a party that has no financial ties to the rich or to Unions — They are a democratic party that all pull together and fight locally and nationally for fairness.
Make your vote today count — The Tories have left their center right abandoned, Labour have put ideology before their more social labourites, and UKIP are telling you exactly what you need to hear being the populist party that they are. They have no record of delivering, and in times like these, local people need strong, robust councillors to make the right decisions. Think about your choices and consider voting Liberal Democrats. To all those more understanding to the importance of center politics but are members of other political parties, we welcome you to the center with open arms.
VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS!!