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Liberal Politics in the UK

Given that "liberal" politicians in the US are so timid, it's refreshing to hear a UK politician take a bold stand on issues, particularly one who is the leader of his party. Amongst his statements:

  • Make Britain greener
  • Support gay and lesbian civil partnerships
  • Stated that even gay marriages were meaningful
  • Protect the NHS (their socialized medicine) from budget cuts
  • Appeared to oppose privatizing NHS
  • Levy higher taxes against carbon-producing companies
  • Support more family-friendly working conditions, including money for childcare
  • Opposed income tax cuts

Of course, it's a given that in the US any politician daring to propose such "liberal" ideas would be ripped to shreds by our right-wing press. It's also worth noting that while he made it clear these were positions he supported, he deliberately avoided describing policies to achieve these goals.

His name? David Cameron, leader of the Conservative party.

Mind you, he was vague on much of this and given that this is the party of Margaret Thatcher, I'm hardly inclined to trust them. However, given what a great Republican Bill Clinton turned out to be, perhaps David Cameron might become the British equivalent of what US Democrats were supposed to be?

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David Cameron has the words to please the majority of his listeners,
promises,promises,promises, throwing out the old Conservatives,
bringing in the Cameron Conservatives.
He is in fact copying Tony Blair who *modernised* the Labour Party.
A pale copy of Blair the only difference I could see was his promise to have a British foreign policy and not to slavishly poodle behind America
I told you Dave rocked. Dave is excellent. He'll be your prime minister soon enough too :)
Luckily we have a Real liberal party
While Cameron might claim to be liberal, his party and it's core supporters are not so he won't be able to deliver any of those policies without watering them down to the point of not being worth it.

Fortunately we have the Liberal Democrats, who while they have their flaws are very much a genuinely liberal party that are slightly left of (british) centre.

You are right though that our conservatives show just how far right wing the american parties are, even when Cameron isn't trying to move the party more to the centre.
For a life-long Labour voter like me, it's all very worrying. It looks like we might go into the next election with a Tory party whose policies are to the left of Labour's. But he still needs to put some meat on those policies and the next election won't be for about three years, so there's plenty of time for things to change.

Mind you, I'm sure that some of the stuff he was saying came close to giving some of the more traditional party members heart attacks :-)