No Choices

Now- Party leader Nick Clegg will seek to rally his rank-and-file by claiming that now is the time for the Lib Dems to supplant Labour as the main “progressive” party of British politics.

Then- In his first major speech since winning the job, Mr Clegg has pretty much adopted the agenda set out in the controversial Orange Book, authored by party frontbencher David Laws and others (including Mr Clegg himself) in 2004. The book included essays which demanded a return to what was claimed were the basic liberal values of free trade and the effectiveness of the private sector.

But by suggesting a greater role for private firms in the public services, the so-called “orange bookers” sparked an internal row with those in the party advocating what many saw as a more left-wing agenda. That group, led by the likes of party president Simon Hughes, suggested their opponents were going down a Conservative path at a time when the party needed to attract disillusioned Labour voters.

Our choices for government are merely which style of neoliberal free market corporatism we find the least offensive, wonks, pundits,blogs, tweets and papers follow the political class like gossip columnists, keeping themselves in work and produce what amounts to nothing more than soap opera that obscures the truth- we have no real political choice. I believe it would be wise to look to what people in other countries with little democracy do to survive under such circumstances rather than keep following the farce of party politics as if they represented your interests.


6 Responses to “No Choices”

  1. libhomo Says:

    Would it be possible for an influx of people to tip the balance from the right to the left or is that party too insular and undemocratic?

  2. RickB Says:

    Anything is possible! But in all of the big three now corporate money is funnelled to the preferred candidates and it is not a fair fight of political ideas, it is power bought and owned. None of the conferences allow real debate.

  3. earwicga Says:

    You have forgotten the most important conference starting this week: Impressive Manifesto!

    • libhomo Says:

      Rick: How are the delegates selected?

      The reason I ask is that liberals and progressives are having some sucess at taking power in the Denocratic Party in the US at the local level.

  4. RickB Says:

    Well any member can go,

    That they at times appear more progressive than New Labour is testament to the NL betrayal of members and voters. I always think of the Libdems as the party middle class people support who don’t have the personal deficiencies that makes a conservative but lack passion at the root injustices of society. Clegg comes across as a Blair/Cameron clone, a nice young man you can take home to mother and won’t frighten the horses -bankers-!

  5. HarpyMarx Says:

    libhomo: It is about how you define ‘liberals and progressives’. The LibDems aren’t what you would call ‘liberals in a progressive way’.

    Essentially their history says it all, they have no organic connection to the working class or the Labour movement. The LP evolved precisely due to the lack of working class representation (from the original LRC to the LP). They are essentially a bourgeois and capitalist party. And opportunistic in their politics.
    They are Tories in yellow (incidentally when you look at local government councils…. you get LibDem/Tory alliances and the Lib Dems just follow the Tories). To be honest, LibDems are people who haven’t got the guts to join the Tories…’Safe’ Tories…

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