Campbell elected leader of the Liberal Democrats

#2
He is a Jock and therefore the Liberals are unelectable in my mind. I hope the bl''dy East Lothian question is raised again and again in this and the next Parliament and finally settled (to my satisfaction!). Sorry for the rant...............
 
#3
They are a very odd bunch and I shan't be voting for them. Mr. Campbell seems a nice enough bloke, but PM? Er, no.

Having said that, I think the other lot (x2) are a very odd bunch and chances are I shan't be voting for them either. Or indeed anyone else, unless CAMRA stands a candidate locally.

But seeing as I really like nuclear power stations I shan't be voting for the Lib Dems the most.
 
#4
So back stabbing by proxie really does work then...... In recent years the Lib Dems have only had one good leader worth the title and Sir M' aint the one.

I for one will never vote for them with him in charge.
 
#5
What does our resident 'liberal' think on this, or is he out toasting Ming's success?
 
#6
Agent, thanks made me chuckle

Do you think Ming gets a pay rise for this? I had a quick look at the parliament web site and I can see that the leader of the opposition gets more money but I can’t see anything extra for the 3rd party leader. Perhaps this is why the last guy who had the job had to demean himself on all those chat shows to get the extra cash to fund his drink problem.
 
#7
Hardly a surprise that he got elected; all he had to do was stay in a darkened room and watch all the other contenders self-destruct.
 
#8
I wonder if the blood's dried on the dagger yet?

The Liberal Democrat Scottish play
 
#9
PartTimePongo said:
I wonder if the blood's dried on the dagger yet?

The Liberal Democrat Scottish play
I take it your not a ming man? :D

Best of a bad bunch i would say...

Bring back Paddy and i would start to have a minute amount of respect for them. Till then ... :wink:
 

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MadJack said:
He is a Jock and therefore the Liberals are unelectable in my mind. I hope the bl''dy East Lothian question is raised again and again in this and the next Parliament and finally settled (to my satisfaction!). Sorry for the rant...............

What one's that? Where would you rather live, Tranent or Haddington?
 
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Agent_Smith said:
PartTimePongo said:
I wonder if the blood's dried on the dagger yet?

The Liberal Democrat Scottish play
I take it your not a ming man? :D

Best of a bad bunch i would say...

Bring back Paddy and i would start to have a minute amount of respect for them. Till then ... :wink:
All I remember about Paddy Ashdown was the Nom de Guerre 'Paddy Pants Down' and thats about it. :twisted:

Campbell has gravitas and I think as leader of the party, his patrician air will definitely appeal too many people - including the young.
Personally I am fed up with political leaders trying to promote, a matey/family image - your job as a politican is to work for the public good and look like you could manage affairs of states. Kennedy never really had that image imho it was hard to square the image of a serious politician with that of 'chat show Charlie'.
Cameron's blairite image is just plain gut wrenching - so I think that Campbell could provide a fresh alternative to the status quo.
 
#12
Here is a thought: why don't the Liberal Democrats go back to classical liberal principles rather than this god awful mix of economy-destroying tax-and-spend socialism, Green leftism, and hippy-arrsed American "liberalism"? the party's name does seem to be a touch misleading now, does it not?
 
#13
A 62 year old leader- that's certainly the way forward. Whenever I see this bloke, I always think of Widdicombes liking of Michael Howard to the Prince of Darkness and think that it would fit Minger better.
 
#14
Still , we might pull in some votes from Para Reg. members past and present now.
 

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Sixtyfootdoll said:
MadJack said:
He is a Jock and therefore the Liberals are unelectable in my mind. I hope the bl''dy East Lothian question is raised again and again in this and the next Parliament and finally settled (to my satisfaction!). Sorry for the rant...............

What one's that? Where would you rather live, Tranent or Haddington?
Or make it an even more difficult one such as is Musselburgh in East or Mid Lothian?

To enlighten our Mad colleague it is the West Lothian question so named because it was raised by the MP for West Lothian - Tam Dalyell of the Binns.
 
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Private_Pike said:
A 62 year old leader- that's certainly the way forward. Whenever I see this bloke, I always think of Widdicombes liking of Michael Howard to the Prince of Darkness and think that it would fit Minger better.
64. Good eld. For my taste 'old Eatonian' is too young, too unexperienced.

However another Scot is in da house.
 
#17
Although not active..... I have been (was) a LD voter at every election since I have been elegible to vote. I have to say that I am probably more of a 'Tory wet' than a True Liberal....

What I really really want is recognition and defence of individual freedoms, pro-europe free market ecominics (not thatcherite) with some strategic oversight planning by central government and the provision of some core free public services (health, education and basic social security) which are funded by direct taxation (not indirect sleath type taxes). A strong green message and someone strong enough and brave enough to tell NIMBYs to Foxtrot Oscar.

I remian to be convinced that Ming is that man....Hulme would have been better...sadly Cameron is Blair mkII and I wait to see what Brown has to offer. I can see that I will be voting Green in protest at a lack of real choice is there was election tomorrow....
 
#18
Way I see it is the Lib Dem's swung to the left when the Social Democrats came onboard, is Menzie from the Liberal Party faction or the Social Democrat faction? IIRC Kennedy was Social Democrat. Lot of left wing buggers from the labour party joined when they realised Blair was not going to shove a socialist "utopia" (eg hell) down our throats , they need to be got rid of ;).

I'd prefer a party with a strong belief in personal liberty (including priviledge/right to own firearms), pro UK and one that will distance itself from the US or the EU where it is in our interests to do so. I'm more inclined for UK policy to lean towards the US than the EU but that doesn't mean I want this country to be controlled by either.

Somehow I doubt that any mainstream party has any interests in telling the EU or the US to FO.

Health and welfare to be there as a safety net and a mechanism to allow people to get off being dependant on the Govt or others.

Green wise, answer is simple, bring back nuclear power ;) increase research into other methods (fusion, solar, cleaner fuels, etc) with the aim of reducing our dependancy on oil/gas for the future, and a policy of funding research and lowering the costs of decentralising parts of the electric grid ( that is provide incentives for methods that would lower a house/building's electricity usage from the national grid, roofing tiles with solar cells for example).
 
#19
Where I live the Lib Dems are the only serious rival to Neue Arbeit, both on the council and at MP level. For that reason they get my vote, reluctantly. However I can never see them being a seroius challenger in Westminster and the election of Ming the Pointless only reinforces this impression.
 
#20
I have no doubt that Brown will offer what he's always offered: more taxes and more wasteful spending. He will continue with the classic Neu Arbeit policy of champagne socialists telling everyone else that having less money is good for them. The NHS will continue to go downhill, as will education. Defence is likely to suffer even more under the Scottish Thief, as there will be no-one to check his dislike of defence spending.
 

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