April 21, 2005

An antidote to Party propaganda

There seems to be a proliferation of posts at the moment extolling the virtues of one political party over the others, so here is my definitive guide to why you shouldn't vote for any of them. I'm trying to present a broad view which doesn't make my own prejudices too clear.


  • The War with Iraq.
  • All the accompanying shenanigans re. intelligence, WMD, etc.
  • The despicable Prevention of Terrorism Act (2005) and the Anti-Terrorism, Crime, and Security Act (2001), which drew comparisons with Stalinist Russia from a Law Lord.
  • Top-up fees being introduced in spite of promises that they wouldn't be.
  • Smug, pious, sanctimonious wanker Tony Blair.
  • Alistair Campbell.
  • Hazel Blears.
  • PPP/PFI. Especially on the London Underground.
  • Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
  • Botched reform of House of Lords and office of Lord Chancellor.
  • The proliferation of 'special advisors' paid for by the tax-payer.
  • Dodgy dealings with postal votes.


  • Michael 'something of the night' Howard being an utter gobshite.
  • Lowest common denominator campaigning.
  • Gave way on the Prevention of Terrorism Act when they had the government by the balls.
  • Commercial rates on student loans.
  • Don't manage to be a credible opposition, let alone a credible government.
  • You can't trust them as far as you can throw them.
  • Supported Iraq war.
  • Memories of the Major administration.

Liberal Democrat:

  • Give opportunists a bad name.
  • 'These are my principles – if you don't like them, I have others.'
  • Oppose government actions right up until the government start carrying them out.
  • 'Chatshow Charlie' Kennedy who opposed the Prevention of Terrorism Bill so much that he and a number of his MPs didn't bother to turn up when they could have defeated the government.
  • Half-hearted opposition to the Iraq war.
  • Pretending that tuition fees have been abolished in Scotland.

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  1. Luke,

    That's a good summary I think. I'm a Liberal Democrat myself, but that's mainly because the majority of their policies I agree with, and I could never bring myself to vote for either of the others. Nonetheless I commend you on possibly the least politically biased post yet.

    21 Apr 2005, 22:27

  2. … no mention of the UKIP, Green, Hate, Angst, Amnesia or Donut parties? :(

    It's all good. Nice to see you've bashed all the main political parties.

    21 Apr 2005, 22:53

  3. Luke, possibly I'll deal with the likes of Vanitas and you kip in a future post, although to be honest it's not really much of a challenge.

    21 Apr 2005, 22:55

  4. Minor correction on the Liberal Democrats… it was an amendment moved in the Committee of the whole House to only allow judges to make control orders where the government could have been defeated, not second reading.

    Also you have missed out "pretending that tuition fees have been abolished in scotland" to the liberal democrat list.

    22 Apr 2005, 09:00

  5. Thanks, Benny, duly amended.

    22 Apr 2005, 11:39

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