So You Think You Want to Vote Lib Dem?

Third in the procession of the political parties is the Lib Dems, headed by Mr Long Legged Cleggy Weggy, Nick Clegg. In the previous election Nick was a big deal as it became clear he held the deciding power of whether Labour or Tories came into power. Many Labour supporters, feeling disillusioned with Labour yet not wanting to vote Conservative went Lib Dem and felt cheated by the result. Also the party had to compromise many of their values in the last political term. This has severely affected them in the opinion polls, placing them firmly below UKIP.

Interestingly, the Lib Dems have pledged to introduce a move towards more proportional representation, which would be more democratic as it takes into account overall percentage of votes for each party as opposed to constituencies, meaning minority parties such as the Lib Dems would possess more rep in Parliament. They also promise the NHS their £8bn and to build 300,000 new homes per year. They also want to eradicate the structural budget deficit and reduce the national debt. However, this line is straight down the middle of the two main parties, dividing opinon as the majority of the rest of their pledges are similar to that of Labour.

How will this affect me?: No mention of tuition fees I’m afraid. They’ll be ‘up for review’ but after their last term as part of government this is a contentious issue. For the majority they’re standing by decisions made whilst Nick was deputy PM, yet refuse to agree to any welfare cuts in discussions about a coalition with the Tories.

For my previous post on the Labour party:

https://inanimatestudent.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/so-you-think-you-want-to-vote-labour/

For the Liberal Democrat (Lib Dem) manifesto:

http://www.libdems.org.uk/

-M

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