Three very different endorsements for the Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2010

It’s not just been the public making up its mind over the last 24 hours – a number of political bloggers have also declared who they’ll be voting for in the last day. Mostly, this is along party lines, as you might expect. But some have stood out from the crowd – here are three which have caught my eye …

Why this ex-Tory Boy is voting Liberal Democrat (Jack of Kent)

Until this election I have always voted Conservative. … By background I am a tribal Tory, from generations of Birmingham working class Tories and Tory-Unionists dating back to when the various Chamberlains proudly sat as Birmingham MPs. … And so of course it pains me that I cannot follow my tribal instinct. …

… on the crisis in civil liberties, on promoting practical domestic policy making, and on libel reform, there are good reasons for traditional Conservative voters to vote Liberal Democrat.

This Blog Endorses… (Charlotte Gore)

I don’t regret the decision to leave the Liberal Democrats. If I’d still been a member my hand would have been forced right now, but as it is I have a completely free choice …

… it’s this, this willingness to use immigrants as a weapon to beat up his opposition that gives me real concerns about the Conservatives. This sort of populism – picking on those with no defence, and picking on those who try to defend them – is pure Tyranny of the Majority stuff. …

What IS enough to swing it is the fact that the Lib Dems are a democratic party, one where the policy is decided by the members, and membership is open to all. My old strategy of working from within the Lib Dems was pretty futile and pointless while the party languished in obscurity, but a powerful LD party, one that has a realistic chance of becoming the official opposition… well, that’s an entirely different proposition.

Several more reasons that I am voting Lib Dem (Giles Wilkes)

[On Gordon Brown:] he did the right things over the financial crisis, and was right in allowing the deficit to rise to accommodate private sector dissaving. … So why ditch him on this issue? Because circumstances have changed, and Brown’s instincts – which took the right measures in the crisis – might be exactly wrong for a period of fiscal austerity, as his repeated denial of fiscal arithmetic sadly proved. …

[On the Tories:] … Conservative economic pronouncements have illustrated an addiction to the 1980s playbook, no matter what is going on in the economy. … They possibly have an edge over the Liberal Democrats in terms of having a pro-enterprise stance. But I see no proof that, for all their vaunted ‘instincts’, they have a better plan for cutting the deficit.

[On the Lib Dems:] I am critical of various Lib Dem policies – on tuition fees, on going overboard on the banks, perhaps, some of the more atavistic ‘nefish’ communal stuff. But their basic orientation is right for this era. Progressive, for a time when inequality continues to cause large social and economic problems. Internationalist, for a time when so many issues transcend national borders. Respecting of civil liberties. And liberal rather than statist, reflecting the practical and fiscal impossibility of solving everything through the government. Finally, above all, suspicious of concentrated, undislodgeable political power.