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Monday, May 14, 2007

Tory / Labour spot the difference !

The following short letter published in 'The Independent' on Saturday 12 May said succinctly why the Tories are not an alternative to Labour.

Sir : Before we finally condemn Tony Blair for his war escapades we must remember that he would not have been able to go to war either in Iraq or Afghanistan if it had not been for Conservative support.

And we would not be now committed to wasting billions on a worthless nuclear weapons upgrade without the Conservatives . For many millions such as myself , the Conservatives are not a serious alternative.

Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

Of course add support for Blair's education proposals [ for Academies read Tory CTC's] , on / but now off support for ID cards and even on February 7 2006 [as reported in 'The Guardian' Cameron was trying to pinch innocuous ideas from Gordie such as a national youth volunteer programme, compulsory English classes and a new focus on history teaching.

So what's it to be Tory, Labour or a distinctive liberal agenda?

Can anyone draw up a more definitive list of policy 'similarities' between the the bigger two parties ?



Blogger Tristan said...

Although it could be argued the LibDems don't offer a liberal alternative* ;) (I think we start to at least).

Be careful about Afganistan though, remember the LibDem position is to support it as part of a multinational force.

(*for certain values of liberal ;)

10:14 pm BST

Blogger Barrie Wood said...

As you'll have guessed Tristan I am not an laissez-faire economic liberal, but am liberal in all other matters !

That doesn't make me a monolithic statist socialist either ;-)

1:30 pm BST

Blogger Greg said...

What has been the difference between the Conservatives and Lib Dems over the last 10 years when it comes to their part in Tony Blair's legacy:

Lib Dems voted for investment in our public services but against the war in Iraq.

Tories voted for the war in Iraq but against the investment in our public services.

2:39 pm BST


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