Lib Dems – a policy free zone?

Today I wanted to check out Lib Dem policy for the election. Their site contained what looks like a helpful “Pocket Guide” to Lib Dem policy. It advertises a handy page a department to get the gist of their plans.

The only problem is, I was unable to download it. It refused to open – everything else was working fine on the computer. I guess they are worried in case the truth gets out during the Election.

You can still find the Mansion Tax, the 40% and 50% Capital Gains Tax, the local Income Tax and the slashing of Pension Tax relief if you go into their past Conference Motions, but I suppose they think mention of tax rises and spending cuts might frighten the horses, so the Guide is safely barred.

Promoted by Christine Hill on behalf of John Redwood, both of 30 Rose Street Wokingham RG40 1XU


  1. no one
    April 11, 2010

    whats the Conservative policy on intra company transfer visas then? sounds like the pot calling the kettle black

  2. Sheumais
    April 11, 2010

    I've never been able to discern any reason for the existence of the LibDems. They are leant credibility by the relative popularity of Vince Cable, but, as they don't even seem to stand for proportional representation now, it is very difficult to identify anything that makes them a viable alternative to the two largest parties.

    If you have any influence within the higher reaches of your party Mr Redwood, would you draw this letter to the attention of those who design electoral strategy please?

    This is the sort of lucid assessment of government spending the public would benefit form seeing, even when the picture it draws is far from pretty. It should also establish Mr Brown's claims of prudence had no foundation.

  3. Lindsay McDougall
    April 11, 2010

    Two recent LibDem policies are to limit family tax credits to families with £30000 of income or less and to scrap the Strategic Health Authorities in the NHS. Since I have recommended these two policies on his blog, I wonder who has been copying whom?

  4. BillyB
    April 11, 2010

    It downloaded first time for me – ty again !

    They say they are the only party that believes in fairness bla bla bla

  5. William Grace
    April 11, 2010

    Gee John, I had no problem. I have started Change2010 On which I went to various parties websites, and copied and pasted bits re policy, guess what, it was your website that made it impossible, breaking it down to different pictures etc.

    Your bunch just do not get it. It is not all about flashy images, it is about the Text, the words on the screen, and if you don't allow people to read, just click on pretty pictures, you will lose the smart voter, which is, lets face it, the only ones you need.

  6. Pauper
    April 11, 2010

    Very droll. Are they trying to emulate another Liberal, TB Macaulay (described his biographer as "the worst electioneerer since Coriolanus")?

    In 1852 the electors of Edinburgh hoped the historian would stand as their MP, and ventured to seek his views on important questions. He declined to enlighten them: "If indeed the electors … should, without requiring from me any explanation or any guarantee, think fit to entrust their interests to my care, I should not feel justified in refusing to accept a public trust offered me in a manner so honourable and peculiar. On no other terms can I be induced to leave retirement."

    Edinburgh accepted Macaulay on exactly those terms, and felt very proud to have him.

  7. GJ Wyatt
    April 11, 2010

    It downloaded for me (Mac OS10.5, Safari 4.0.4). Go to:

    Btw Ashcroft gets star billing – a full paragraph, the same as "Getting the public finances in order", where we are told that their innovative approach to cutting public spending involves "scraping [sic] unnecessary defence projects".

  8. Mike Stallard
    April 11, 2010

    Did you read Christopher Booker today in the Telegraph?
    He says there are three no go areas for every politician:
    1. The EU. The incoming government has virtually no decision making powers left except for NHS and Education. And it has lost all democratic credibility anyway, (including the House of Lords).
    2. The staggering debt which is going up billions every day; soon it will top a million million pounds.
    3. Global Warming which is going to turn the lights off very soon if we are not careful.
    Against these three, the break up of the UK, immigration, the disgusting unfairness of wages and pensions and the total incompetence of Gordon Brown and his "team" are insignificant.
    And no party has faced up to the challenge, have they.

    1. Lindsay McDougall
      April 12, 2010


      I am awaiting the Conservative manifesto with interest. I am looking forward to reading words which permit us act decisively on the EU, debt and global warming, even if specific commitments are thin. Whilst at this election I will happily vote Conservative, I want to see how they govern during the first 18 months. That's long enough to judge.

  9. Mark
    April 11, 2010

    I believe Vince Cable's remit when he worked in Shell was inventing scenarios for planning purposes. I don't think he ever had to create any plans on how to deal with the scenarios he invented. That was done by the real managers of the business.

    Has anything changed now that he is a politician?

  10. Traffic Generator
    April 21, 2010

    Very nice information.

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