Thursday, March 06, 2008

The Illiberal Undemocrats

A true liberal would have had the breadth of mind to have given a free vote, permitting the exercise of the conscience as befits individual liberty. A true democrat would have trusted the people, for democrats are concerned with the rights and liberties of the people, and are staunch defenders of their sovereignty. But in the vote on whether or not the British people should be granted a referendum on the Lisbon Treatistution, their official position was to abstain.

As Iain Duncan Smith asked: ‘How can you have a principled position to sit on a fence? You get splinters in your arse and then you get into trouble. They (Liberal Democrats) are in trouble right now and they should get off the fence.’

The Liberal Democrats are a misnomer, for there are concerned neither with individual liberty nor the power of the people. Most of them, or, to be precise, all bar the 13 who voted for a referendum, are the epitome of deception, duplicity and mendacity, and the embodiment of all that is corrupt and rotten in the state of Westminster.

The Liberal Democrats want to be everything to everyone - to the left of Labour for disillusioned Labour voters, and just enough to pose on the centre-right to attract disillusioned Conservatives. It is easy indeed to promise paradise on earth when you know there is no chance you will ever have to deliver.

Calamity Clegg has lived up to his name. His first great test, and it was a shambles of a performance. And now Cranmer awaits with bated breath to see if the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords will be consistent with the Commons and abstain. If they do, the Government will have to use the Parliament Act to force the Treatistution through. It is convention that the House of Lords does not stand in the way of manifesto commitments. Cranmer hopes that in this case the Lords will hold the Government to their manifesto commitment.

12 Comments:

Anonymous hear o israel said...

your grace
i find little to disagree with in your post.

my basic belief is now that since they culled ming campbell , they have rather foolishly taken on board a professional spin master who does not seem to have any values that he can name.
we dont know what he thinks , we know he doesnt like certain things , but its all froth.

i think he made a very foolish mistake in the commons yesterday , for the first time in one fall swoop he showed that he now controls a party , that does not allow free votes on principals, is prepared to renage on manefesto commitment. sack those who disagree with him.

should a re branding be on the cards i suggest the liberal facists.

6 March 2008 at 11:22  
Blogger AethelBald, King of Wessex said...

Most of [the LibDems] are the epitome of deception, duplicity and mendacity, and the embodiment of all that is corrupt and rotten

Goodness me, Archbishop. I'm stunned. I thought they were just wishy-washy.

6 March 2008 at 12:29  
Anonymous WannabeAnglican said...

My British friends, it's time to use your backbones before it becomes illegal to possess them.

6 March 2008 at 14:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wannabeanglican,

What is it exactly that you propose we, as Brits, do? We've tried to force a referendum, we've displayed the sheer illegitimacy of excluding the people, and we've been fobbed off with illiberal waffle.

6 March 2008 at 20:16  
Blogger Bert Rustle said...

To misquote their former leader David Spiel speaking to his minions: Go back to your constituencies and prepare for execution.

The longer the Ruling Class ignore or mislead the electorate, the greater the Peasants Revolt will be when it happens. The Ruling Class is hurriedly building a de-nationalised multi-ethnic society in the wilful defiance of the empirical data that such societies are either a disaster, totalitarian or both.

The USSR spent the best part of a century suppressing ethnic divisions but they immediately reappeared when it collapsed. A qualitative description of how Multi-ethnic societies are a failure worldwide is given by Tutu Vanhanen in Ethnic Conflicts Explained by Ethnic Nepotism An illuminating review by Johan M.G. van der Dennen, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Groningen, the Netherlands can be found here . The review is well worth the time it takes to read it.

6 March 2008 at 21:39  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Peasants' revolt?

It makes Cranmer ponder the formation of the Peasants' Party.

But it probably wouldn't attract the votes of the aspirant middle classes.

What about the Dinner Party?

6 March 2008 at 21:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They arn't called Lib-Dims for nothing! ;-))

6 March 2008 at 23:24  
Blogger Bert Rustle said...

Cranmer wrote ... Peasants' Party ... probably wouldn't attract the votes of the aspirant middle classes. ... How about the disenfranchised and marginalised party? The exporting of UK employment will not stop at coal mining, shipbuilding and call centres. In the US the middle class are already being squeezed - I will provide some references if asked.

7 March 2008 at 00:06  
Blogger Bert Rustle said...

Cranmer wrote ... Peasants' Party ... probably wouldn't attract the votes of the aspirant middle classes. ... How about the disenfranchised and marginalised party? The exporting of UK employment will not stop at coal mining, shipbuilding and call centres. In the US the middle class are already being squeezed - I will provide some references if asked.

7 March 2008 at 00:07  
Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

The problem the Liberals have is that they are too left wing, they are not liberal at all when it comes to the crunch. They should never have joind with the ex Labour SDP.
They used to be called Pink Tories in my youth and thats what they should be.
If you are a true Liberal you will be nearer to the Tory party than Labour. But with misguided people like Shirley Williams they have no chance

7 March 2008 at 00:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The old Liberal Radical party still exists. I imagine it is comprised of a few older chaps with leather patches on their tweed jackets and neatly trimmed beards - as all Liberals seemed to appear in my youth.

The Liberal Democrats are nothing more than socialists presented to the electorate with a different wrapper around them.

7 March 2008 at 11:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the Lib Dems are just like the Church of England.

7 March 2008 at 22:10  

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