"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 21 September 2009

You Put Your Left Foot In

The LibDems are happily engaged doing their own version of the hokey-cokey at Conference and it just shows that wherever any number of them are gathered together we won't have to wait too long for a display of foot-in-mouth disease.

One minute Clegg's talking of the need for savage cuts and the next he's not.

One minute he's considering watering down proposals to scrap University tuition fees  and the next, he's not.

Yesterday they came up with this gem, which I think Americans would call 'a doozy'.  In order to counter independence movements within the UK the LibDems are proposing further devolution.  Hmm... can't quite put my finger on what's wrong with that.

Today they've announced a policy for a new property tax on homes worth £1m+  which is just plain stupid and unfair.  In London, for example, a major Capital City of the world, many homes in modest areas are valued at over £1m (Muswell Hill, Crouch End etc) plus many owners of the more valuable properties are foreign and not subject to UK taxation anyway.

There's more here on scaling back govt depts, cutting NHS quangos and a public sector pay freeze.  I almost forgot Ed Davey's call for tea with the Taliban.

Mind you, Clegg isn't the only one putting his foot in it; David Cameron, in suggesting a Con/LibDem truce, has apparently said that there's "barely a cigarette paper between them" which doesn't fill me with much hope since some LibDems are as controlling as Labour.  Heir to Blair or Dick to Nick?  Cameron's got to get himself sorted out before Party Conference because what he and the speakers say will have a dramatic impact on the outcome of the GE.

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