Friday, 30 April 2010


Tomorrow's Guardian offers a lengthy editorial which offers enthusiastic support for the Liberal Democrats. This is quite a turnaround from a traditionally Labour paper which has in the past often been rather scathing of the Liberal Democrats.

The essential thesis of the newspaper is that the Liberal Democrats represent the progressive choice and they should be supported in seats where they directly challenge the Conservatives - including Henley.

It comments on our policies and philosophy thus:

'The Liberal Democrats were green before the other parties and remain so. Their commitment to education is bred in the bone. So is their comfort with a European project which, for all its flaws, remains central to this country's destiny. They are willing to contemplate a British defence policy without Trident renewal. They were right about Iraq, the biggest foreign policy judgment call of the past half-century, when Labour and the Tories were both catastrophically and stupidly wrong. They have resisted the rush to the overmighty centralised state when others have not. At key moments, when tough issues of press freedom have been at stake, they have been the first to rally in support. Above all, they believe in and stand for full, not semi-skimmed, electoral reform. And they have had a revelatory campaign. Trapped in the arid, name-calling two-party politics of the House of Commons, Nick Clegg has seldom had the chance to shine. Released into the daylight of equal debate, he has given the other two parties the fright of their lives.'

I hope you too will consider giving us your support at this crucial election, when we have a rare opportunity to change politics in Britain for good.

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