Do Liberals annoy you ?
This gem can be found on LabourHome. The original text is this :
Do liberals annoy you?
jkitleft Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 12:22:27 PM GMT Print-friendly version Facebook
I am young, so I don't know many in my age group who would describe themselves as 'socialists', or 'social democrats'. Most describe themselves as liberals.
What does that mean exactly? They're 'liberal', because they are pro gay-rights, pro-choice, and anti death penalty.
They annoy the hell out of me.
Don't get me wrong, I think gay rights, a woman's right to choose, and the abolishment of the death penalty are incredibly important, and I support all three causes. But to me, social housing, minimum wage, parental leave, redistribution, the fight to end child poverty etc. are more important issues.
I resent being told that the Labour party is more right-wing than the Tories, by 'liberals' who publically admit to being snobs.
These liberals would easily vote fo Cameron: ooh look, he has had a picture taken with a polar bear. There he is with one, wait, TWO(!), gay shadow cabinet ministers. He must be such a progressive then...
You can call yourself left-wing if you come help Labour defend redistribution and equality. You can call yourself left-wing if you come join Labour in defending universal healthcare. You can't call yourself left-wing if you're only claim to liberalism is being 'green', while fanning yourself with industrial sized air conditioning in Whole Foods Market, but not giving a damn about the day to day issues that effect the working and lower middle classes of this country.
Ok, rant over.
Even more interesting are the comments to this. These can be found out :
Two quick points :
1) Few have any notion of any of the differing strands of Liberalism or understanding thereof
2) Remarkably many see their party as being on for 'liberals' !