Profile: The Liberal Democrats
As a political philosophy, Liberalism grew up around a belief in the rights of the individual and freedom of choice.Britain provides an interesting case study for the failures of the two major parties. After Labor (equivalent to the Democrats) the country is broke, with a huge deficit, high taxes, and a swollen public sector. Previously, after the Conservatives (equivalent to the Republicans) the British were politically angry, large businesses ran amok, and they had a ruined economy and a weakened currency. Neither party fulfilled their promises or addressed voter's concerns, and both left a legacy of scandal and corruption after years in office.
[T]he Liberal vote shrank and by the 1950s, had declined to just 2.5%, and there was talk of a merger with the Tories.
But under Jo Grimond, the Liberals began to rebuild at the grassroots, with a focus on community issues and what became known as "pavement politics".
By winning local council seats, party activists established a power base in cities like Liverpool, and success in local government revitalised their national ambitions.
With talk of a hung parliament, there has been more focus on the Lib Dems but Mr Clegg is staying tight-lipped about the prospects of a formal alliance with either Labour or the Conservatives, aware that voters will not reward him for naming a price for power.
I say, it is time to give someone else a chance, and break away from the old parties and ways of thinking. In the U.S. as well as the U.K.