Voting in elections is a complex business. More often than not it is a question of belief, perception, aspiration and momentum. Belief in an idea, be that aspirational or philosophical. Perception of a party to succeed in Government. Aspiration in that voters want a party that full fills their hopes and dreams. Momentum in that voters and in other things like to back a winner. These are the building blocks for winning the battle of hearts and minds.
Back in 2001 the Lib Dems revealed a poster which showed how people would vote if they believed they could win. Clearly this didn’t bear out in future elections but the idea is sound and is born out it many elections. Largely when the public can see momentum which in turn feeds their perception that they might actually win.
Following the drubbing at the last election, the challenge for the Lib Dems is to alter public perception, establish momentum, build a belief among voters that they actually stand for them, with them and will support their own aspirations and values.
A recent poll by YouGov shows just how much the middle ground of politics has opened up for the Lib Dems. British values are generally Liberal values. Yet the electorate have for decades been presented by a simplistic choice of left and right when really most people are in the centre, in the same space that they believe the Lib Dems to exist.
The Lib Dems have proven they can be effective in Government. Imagine what a pure Lib Dem government could achieve unencumbered by a slack Labour Party or and Authoritarian Conservative Party… A Lib Dem vote is and will always be an empowering and a progressive vote that will liberate the economy and peoples personal freedoms, enabling everybody to achieve the best that they can be.
The Lib Dems through their enforced rebirth now have a golden opportunity to win over hearts and minds of the British Electorate. No small task but recent by-election wins and the rapid surge in membership and shown the field is open for the Lib Dems to permanently break the mold of British Politics. Lib Dems across the country now have new hope. Hope that they must enshrine through the country.
When David Cameron went to the Arctic to establish his green credentials most people in the know , at best hoped it was true or at worst scoffed at the trip publicity stunt. This announcement shows that it was only the Lib Dems in Government that were pushing the Green Agenda. The Conservatives continue to show their true colours.
The Government has ignored Electoral Commission advice and brought forward changes to the way we register to vote. Individual electoral registration was brought in during the last Parliament, but electoral registers would have contained existing data until 1 December 2016. They have now moved this forward to 1 December this year.
Liberal Democrat peers didn’t miss this announcement sneaking out as MPs and Peers head off for Summer recess and they have laid down motions in both houses of Parliament to try to defeat it.
Dropping nearly 2 million from the register is rather convenient when you consider the potential impact on fixing parliamentary boundaries, next year’s elections and with the looming EU referendum. Typical of the Tories! This isn’t the 1st time alert Lib Dems have frustrated their plans to make the electoral system favourable to themselves, and it probably won’t be the last.
Read the Guardian article as well here: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/22/outrageous-tory-changes-to-electoral-roll-will-face-challenge-in-lords?CMP=twt_gu
A council is accused of wasting money after it was revealed it was renting offices for workers a few miles away from its headquarters.
Liberal Democrat Charlotte Barnes said the staff could work out of Shirehall.
Mrs Barnes said Shirehall had plenty of room for extra staff.
“We are working really hard to make all these savings, cuts people are finding really difficult to bear, and yet we are giving council money away when we have buildings we could house these people in,” she said.
The government’s bill that will cut spending on welfare by £12 billion has been passed in the House of Commons, with 308 votes to 124.
Liberal Democrat MPs, along with SNP and 48 rebel Labour MPs voted against the Bills 2nd reading. The majority of Labour MPs abstained, allowing the Conservative Cuts Bill to proceed with Labour’s tacit support.
Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, described the Government’s plans were “unfair, unwise and inhuman”.
He said: ” We will vote against this Bill because we know the depth and character of these proposals are unfair, unwise and inhuman. They are anything but economically necessary.”
Tim said: “This Government pledges a living wage which even they know is not one. They want a welfare state that is anything but good for our country’s welfare and it uses the guise of economic necessity to cover up ideologically driven cuts.”
Tim also said: “Cutting tax credits, tightening the benefit cap and ramping up Right to Buy are not just morally wrong they are economically wrong. Widening inequality is not just against British decency it is also economically stupid.”
Before denouncing Labour for giving in to the “narrative that the answer to our country’s needs is to pit the working poor against the temporarily not working poor”.
Tim Farron has been elected as Leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Both Tim Farron and Norman Lamb ran distinctively liberal, strong campaigns that spoke to party members across the UK. At numerous hustings and meetings with members, they spoke of their liberal values, the direction they think we should go, and how to best rebuild the party over the coming months and years.
Earlier this week it was reported in the Telegraph and on the radio that Lord Nash, a Conservative schools Minister, had said schools have the power to search and confiscate junk food from pupil’s school lunches.
This is totally backwards in a free society. The correct approach should be to educate and support parent and pupils in making healthy food choices. Confiscating food from children only victimizes pupils.
Government should be pushing for 100% free school meals rather than condone policies more at home in a police state than in a school. In the last Government Lib Dems ensured 5-7 years old children had a free hot meal. Indeed in our Manifesto it was our ambition to expand that to every primary school child.