Tuesday, October 30, 2007

 

The threat to two party democracy is averted (for now)


BBC: Parties' funding talks suspended

I'm aware that we have a spokesman quoted in this story (which is better than we usually do) but the Liberal Democrats should be all over this story like a rash, for as long as it takes for people to take notice.

There has been a lot of chatter in the media recently wondering what actual differences remain between the three parties; what policies of each other's they wouldn't adopt if they thought it would make them more popular.

A commitment to real reform what sets the Liberal Democrats apart from Labour and the Conservatives, and nowhere is that more stark than reforming our democracy.

Labour are terrified of losing their union funding. The Tories are terrified of losing their funding from big business.

One criticism of our stance stands out though.

We were right to criticise the Tories for walking away from these talks, but they have at least shown willing to cap both union and corporate donations.

Where is our criticism for Labour for refusing to compromise on the union donations?

We should slap them hard and we should do it now - for the truth is Broon's Labour is only interested in "reform" when it suits them.

There's a word for that: hypocrite.

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