Monday, 13 December 2010

Ed Miliband is after me

Ed Miliband has asked Lib Dems to help draw up Labour policy. I'm not sure how I can get involved in this. but I am tempted.
I guess this is a political ploy to split the Lib Dems between left and right. This won't be as easy as Ed thinks as many Lib Dems are left and right across a number of issues. Plus I haven't forgotten what Ed said "that he had a plan to make the Lib Dems an endangered species, and then extinct".
Also think its a myth that orange bookers are on the right, they just have a different strategy on how to raise people out of poverty which on the face of it appears more right wing. However if successful the orange book plans could raise higher numbers out of poverty then simply using the benefits system. Of course neither yellow or orange book plans are in full action within the coalition.
I disagree with Ed Miliband on his comments on areas of common interest like social mobility. It is an interest of the Lib Dems of course, using the pupil premium for example to help address this. However I feel under labour some people became stuck in poverty rather than given both carrots and sticks to climb out of poverty. The UK still does not feel socially mobile after having a Labour government for such a long time.
Labour also need to remember that to win over Lib Dems they need to address Labours record on civil liberties and centralisation. Lid Dems are fans of localisation, Liberty and left wing reforms such as prison reform as well as progressive politics.
There is no home for me in Labour but I am always willing to listen. Lets see what they come up with.


  1. I can't see why everyone's so surprised by Miliband's request to Lib Dems for ideas. After all, he spent a lot of time soliciting ideas from Twitter when he was writing the Labour Party election manifeso. And that didn't get him anywhere either!

  2. At last a libdem who isn't a tribal loony. Thank you.

    "I'm not sure how I can get involved in this. but I am tempted."

  3. Thanks. I make an effort not to be to tribal