Gutter Politics At Play In British Special Election

This is why people hate politics and by extension, politicians.

There is an upcoming election for Member of Parliament (MP).  Tory candidate Maria Hutchings is by all measures a fine candidate and has a very good chance of winning the election. Typically, one would think that of the major issues of the day, the candidates could have a healthy conversation about those issues. Take the issue here, education. The Tories, the Lib Dems and Labour all have different visions for the role of the national government in education.

Now, the Lib Dems have released this leaflet attacking Maria Hutchings for a statement she made about education, and they highlight her supposed gaffe with a giant quote-bubble. Here is said leaflet:

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Now, think about the fact that Maria Hutchings has at least two, and possibly three, children who are autistic. And if you know anything about autistic children, you know they require different levels of attention and modes of learning than a public school system is typically capable of offering.

So, it appears that Maria Hutchings sends her child to a special school capable of handling his needs as an autistic child, and the Lib Dems have chosen to maliciously attack her for this. This is politics at its worst and lowest. The Lib Dems should be ashamed, they should condemn this attack piece and they should apologize for this ridiculous attack.

This is not the way to run a campaign. Focus on the issues, force the debate. If you can not get elected on your own merits, get out of the race. For the Lib Dems and Mike Thornton, they are obviously over-matched and they should reconsider their issues and their candidate. If this is the best they can do, it is time to pack up and go home and wait until the next election.

(h/t Conservative Home)


UK: The Lib Dems and the cruel dilemma of coalition politics

This is a well written piece from conservative MP John Redwood.

The Lib Dems have a big problem with Coalition politics. They are the one party that believes coalition government can be better than majority party government. They are the one party of the top three that know they will need a coalition in future if they are to be in government again. Despite this, they cannot help themselves from constantly criticising the Coalition government from without. Some of their Ministers are endlessly making proposals they know Conservatives cannot accept from outside the government despite being members of it.

As someone who is sceptical of coalition this neither surprises me nor dismays me. However, I do not want it to get in the way of doing things now that would help turn our economy round. Surely for at least the first three years of the planned five year coalition Lib Dem Ministers should concentrate on doing the things that Conservatives and Lib Dems agreee about? The aim should be to stress the advantages of the polices that both parties can accept, not to stress the frustrations that Lib Dem Ministers feel with things the Conservatives will not accept. The aim should be to find more things that both parties can happily do together.

There are many Conservatives today like me who want to see more freedom for UK citizens. We feel the state has grown too big and bossy. We want a government which trusts more of the people more of the time. We want a government with the confidence to repeal some of the excessive number of laws and rules we have, and to cut back on the number of things the state interferes with at considerable cost. I thought there was meant to be a strong strand of liberalism within the Lib Dems. Can’t we have some more of this?

Read the rest of the piece here.