Wednesday, May 04, 2005
THERE IS AN ELECTION ON
I intend to vote SNP. I don't favour independence & I think their anti-nuclear policy is literally insane (but as it is everybody else's policy that is no barrier). I do VERY strongly support their growth policy & Alex Salmond was the only leader to oppose illegal war when illegal wars were relatively popular.
The Lib Dems do not appear to me to be economically liberal, at least in Scotland tho' in England Vince Cable is fairly sensible. As everybody knows they favour PR, which I think an absolute requirement for a competently run country, & a federal Britain which I want. They are against the current illegality but, as Yugoslavia proved, not against criminality, or even genocide when the EU supports it. Except for "green threads", the EU, a large state sector, nannying, & the use of socialist buzzwords like "inclusion" & "affordable housing" as a substitute for thought I do not know what they stand for. This does not seem to fit the definition of liberalism.
The Tories have not much to offer. Howard is clearly an out & out chancer - his policy on war (he favours it, blames Blair for it, trusts the enquiry, then doesn't,would have told Parliament the truth, claims Parliament might still have gone to war, says the AG's report, which includes the fact that regime change is not a legal justification, & says he would go to war on the basis of regime change).He is a twisty turny thing. On the economy the Tories offer nothing radical merely a slight, useful as far as it goes, finessing of Labour. To prove how very conservative they are they still oppose a democratic electoral system because FPTP once worked for them, despite the fact that their only hope of power lies in working within a proportional system. In Scotland they prove themselves irrelevant by continuing to support a system that would completely wipe them out again. Mind you I met their candidate - I liked him - a civil engineer, which always suggests competence. He didn't think they have a chance either.
Labour, as well as being genocidal murderers, are running a corrupt, jobs for the boys regime. They have been lucky to receive a growing economy & by handing over financial control to the Bank of England, have not screwed up to badly but the underlying indicators of competitiveness, debt & imports have been getting ever worse. The fact that they get away with saying how well the economy is doing (abysmally compared to Ireland, China, Russia, India, even the USA) shows how low everybody else's standard is.
The SSP are children, who, from time to time threaten to throw their toys out of the pram. They have absolutely nothing to contribute. Marx, than whom no political philosopher had greater respect for economic progress, must be spinning in his grave.
The Greens are like the SSP (even to the extent of their false Marxism) except that their toys are medieval ones. A Green regime would not compare favourably with medieval serfdom.