I've been having a rather repetitive conversation with an anonymous Lib Dem blogger. I thought I would look up their record myself. As expected, I found lots of hypocrisy.
Simon Hughes MP ran a homophobic campaign where "Some of their male canvassers went around the constituency wearing lapel stickers emblazoned with the words 'I've been kissed by Peter Tatchell'. "On the doorsteps, they spread false rumours that he was chair of the local gay society; no such society existed." Mr Tatchell said one Liberal member admitted to him that the party was behind the anonymous and illegal campaign leaflet "Which Queen Will You Vote For?", which ridiculed his sexuality. Mr Hughes said "I hope that there will never be that sort of campaign again.
Liberal Democrat MEP, Diana Wallis, voted against the software patent directive amendments. This in contradiction to the UK Liberal Democrat's policy on patents, which "support continued widespread innovation in software by resisting the wider application of patents in this area."
They are against replacing Trident, but all for extending its life. So the Lib Dems are very happy we have nuclear weapons. 'The current Trident nuclear system should be maintained and its operational life extended.' Though some Lib Dems disagree.
They say they are against nuclear power, but without much difficulty I found several Lib Dems bloggers who were all for it; Cllr Frank H Little, Laurence Boyce & Tristan Mills. I'm sure there are many more.
Donations were recieved from Paul Marshall who 'sold short' while the Lib Dems were campaigning against it.
Despite claiming their 'policies have a green thread running through them';
Their are often in support of new Roads and Airports:
Scottish Lib Dem Aviation Obsession Fuels Climate Change,
And LD Parliamentary candidate Stephen Gilbert said "Whether it is Newquay Airport, the dualling of the A30…., we are showing that our campaigns can really make a difference”
From the Liberal Democrat Environment magazine (Green Democrat) 1995, “it comes as a surprise to find our new MP, David Rendel, campaigning for one of the most destructive road schemes ever proposed. A scheme that’s attracted unanimous condemnation from Britain’s green lobby, provoked criticism from the European Commission, and still threatens full European legal action. Like Twyford Down, the proposed A34 bypass at Newbury would be a national outrage and an international embarrassment”.
Naturally in Manchester they are against congestion charges.
Theres also the antisemitic Baroness Tongue
And the Pro Iraq War Baroness Emma Nicholson MEP, which made a lie of the supposed Lib Dems being agaisnt the Iraq war.
Then theres dodgy Michael Brown, the party’s biggest business donor from a tax haven!
There are plenty more examples of Lib Dem hypocrisy.
Lib Dems say they are against the continued expansion of Tesco, but didn't oppose the huge one in Battle, Reading West. The Greens were the only Party that represented ordinary people and small shops here. It might be explained by Tesco sponsoring their Conference, (along with Microsoft).
There's Brian Paddicks divergence from Lib Dem policies when he was their mayoral candidate e.g. the Low Emission Zone, tube privatisation or the CO2 charge. Lib Dem Blogger Jonny Wright thinks Paddick is mad. At the time I wrote "He says he is fitter than Boris and Ken, but this is no athletics event. May I remind him that Bush is a keen runner and a terrible leader. He says Boris is 'very clever', an unusual tactic, praising the opposition, perhaps this will work for him. Brian claims that after two terms any leader suffers from a psychiatric disorder... Is he also an amateur doctor?"
I've blogged about how Green the Lib Dems were 2007
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