06 May 2010

British Voting Begins

Early voting has begun in the U.K. election. As a Whig, of course, I would support the Liberal Democrats.

Profile: The Liberal Democrats
As a political philosophy, Liberalism grew up around a belief in the rights of the individual and freedom of choice.

This has developed into a modern political movement which gives the state an important role in achieving equal opportunities and ending poverty and discrimination.

[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.

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.

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.

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