First, a note on Personal Responsibility, as it applies to a number of currently hot topic:THESE ARE THINGS YOU CAN'T CONTROL:
- What happens to you
- What other people do to you
- What other people think about you
- What other people say about you
- What other people do in situations you care about
- What other people do in situations you're not involved in.
- What other people do in situations you've been in yourself.
- The weather
- How the population of a country votes.
- Nearly almost everything else in this big ol' universe.THESE ARE THINGS YOU CAN CONTROL:
- What you do
- What you sayTHESE ARE THINGS YOU MAY OR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CONTROL BUT HAVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANYWAY:
- What you think
I hope that's clear.
has a good round up of the details of the new coalition between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives
. There's little point me copying her post in full, but I think it's worth phrasing the agreement in terms of the Lib Dem's Four Key Policies
Some compromise on that, but that's to be inevitable to reach an agreement with the Right. We've lost the Mansion Tax (on houses worth more than £2m) and the relief for pensioners. HOWEVER the agreement on the £10k income tax threshold and focus on low-and-middle earners is a welcome addition, even if the lack of timetable makes me suspicious. Narrow win.Fair Future
Lib Dem plans to invest in infrastructure and a 'green economy' would make Rahcel Maddow cream her pants if she was British. Banking Reform looks promising. Tory budget cuts agreed on, but that was inevitable, sadly. Tory immigration policies still there, and that's annoying. Narrow Lose.Fair Chance for Every Child
Funding directed to help children from poorer backgrounds is directly from the Lib Dem manifesto. The Tory 'School Reform' was laughable during the election and I'm kind of peeved that it's there, but they have agreed to stop detaining child immigrants, a Labour practice that makes me ill. Draw.A Fair Deal
Another one directly from the LD manifesto. Referendum to bring in some form of "alternative vote system"! DING. Freedom Bill! DING. Elected House of Lords! Fixed Term Parliaments!More Equal Constituency Sizes! DING DING DING DING DING! Win.
I still think Cameron's a twat with a smug shiny face that I want to slap. I still have many many problems with our ruling party and there are policies in the new agreement that I don't want to see. But more people voted for a Conservative manifesto than voted for any other party. Some of those things we just weren't going to be able to get.
I've been holding out on signing up to the party because I wanted to see this agreement. I wanted to see the Freedom Bill and I wanted to see PR. This morning, after using the word 'we' to describe the LD's in the comments to a USian's post last night, I think it's time to fish my wallet out.
Sadly, I don't think we're going to get STV but I haven't seen that taken off the table yet. All in all, we've gone from an illiberal Left to a liberal Right. I'll take that over an illiberal Right any day.
(For more deatils of why Left and Right are different from Liberalism, check the Political Compass
, and substitute 'liberal' for 'libertarian')