Monday, 18 May 2015

The LibDems and why I joined them

I think politics in the UK is far too tribal, people oppose ideas and polices not because policies and ideas are good or bad but purely on the basis of who is supporting them. I fully support them Libdem view that we should take an evidence based approach to solutions. A classic example of this is drugs, from a compassionate point of view I do not want people taking drugs but criminalising people who do take them doesn't do anything other than creating criminals.

Welsh Language

As a liberal I think people should be able to do what they want as long as it doesn't harm anyone. Living in Wales and with two children I face an illiberal education system where my children are forced to take Welsh at the age of 14 when they take the options.
it is compulsory that all students should study Welsh up to the age of 16, either as a first language or a second language
This is completely at odds with liberal values, definition; 'willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one's own; open to new ideas.'

Immigration and UKIP's Extremism

Currently we are seeing the Labour Party tear itself apart over a debate to move left or move right, odd that a party based on an ideology is prepared to sell out to populism. I've listened to UKIP's hysterical rants on immigration where everything is the fault of the immigrants. This simply isn't true, but neither is it true that high immigration doesn't cause the country problems which is a view you will hear from the political left.

Conservative Idealism

The Tories are equally likely to cut spending beyond what is needed to see the economy flourish purely based on ideology, I have no doubt without the LibDems there to pull them to the centre we will see savage cuts during the lifetime of this government.

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