Thursday, April 14, 2005

Go Lib Dems?

According to this quiz, I should vote for the Liberal Democrats:

Labour -3     
Conservative -28     
     Liberal Democrat 42
UK Independence Party 0     
     Green 24


I would in fact be very interested to see what happens in the unlikely event that there is a hung parliament and Labour has to make a coalition with the Lib Dems to form a government. I'm not so far left that I disapprove of New Labour's economic policies for being too market-oriented, but I have been really put off by the Labour government's preventative detention laws, proposals for national ID cards and so on.

Meanwhile, being under the impression that UKIP is a party of far-right crazies, I was very surprised to see that I apparently rate UKIP higher than Labour. (Especially since I support both British membership in the EU and adoption of the euro.) But I see that perhaps UKIP is not as crazy as I might have thought:
Some opponents have claimed that UKIP is a hardline Thatcherite party exploiting widespread Euroscepticism in Britain in an attempt to bring back characteristic Thatcherite policies such as dismantlement of the welfare state, elimination of legal restrictions on business, and an unquestioning alliance with the US. However, the policies outlined in the party's 2001 manifesto suggest otherwise. ... it maintains a strong commitment to the welfare state and in particular to the National Health Service. UKIP does in general support continuing military cooperation with the USA through NATO but said in 2002 that it could only support a US invasion of Iraq if there was a clear United Nations mandate for such action.

The UKIP is against the planned introduction of identity cards... Concern for civil liberties also led UKIP to oppose the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, which gives additional powers to the UK Home Secretary in broadly defined "emergency situations".
But at least I was right that the BNP really is crazy.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm beginning to think UKIP rigged this test: everyone i know who's taken it, including myself, ends up rating UKIP higher than the Tories (and voting LibDem). Maybe it's an elaborate PR stunt by UKIP to make us reconsider them?! 

Posted by ardief

4/15/2005 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to this quiz, I should vote for the Liberal Democrats 

Yikes. Don't tell Oliver Kamm. He'll whip you with wet word noodles so manfully and long you'll end up as distended as Charles Kennedy--and almost as dizzy. Heh. 

Posted by dan

4/15/2005 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it's an elaborate PR stunt by UKIP to make us reconsider them?!

Ha! Maybe... Actually I saw somewhere the results of the poll, which was that something like 20% of people expected to get LibDem, and in fact 55% actually got LibDem. So perhaps it's an elaborate PR stunt by the Lib Dems...!

Don't tell Oliver Kamm. He'll whip you with wet word noodles so manfully and long you'll end up as distended as Charles Kennedy--and almost as dizzy. 

Uh... right. 

Posted by Andrew

4/19/2005 09:44:00 AM  
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