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This is an old revision of LibDem made by nick on 2015-12-09 12:37:18.

 

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The UK LibDems descent into Social Democracy

  1. Backdrop of Liberals as one of 2 main parties (led by Gladstone) throughout 19th century. Liberal values of self-help and freedom of choice, equality of opportunity, free trade and internationalism along with limited government intervention would bring down old authoritarian governments etc
  2. 1st World War/Great Depression changed all that: Labour party was formed (it was to replace Liberals as main party of opposition to Conservatives), also huge growth of support for radical anti-capitalist systems ie socialism and its offspring communism and fascism - Liberal Democracy seen as not the solution (growth of nationalism and isolationism)
  3. So growth of fascism and communism (pre- and post 2nd World War) squeezed out Liberalism. Statist economic and social policies became the norm, and governments on both sides began to tamper with planning. Also paranoid fear in democratic nations led to restrictions on freedom.
  4. Liberal Movement looked for new direction, and became more socially democratic. At that point the world ‘Liberal’ began to be associated with socialism.
  5. Splinter group from Labour in 1980s formed the Social Democrat Party (they thought Labour was heading too far to the left) - they merged with the existing Liberal party to become the current Liberal Democrats (leftist leaning).
  6. Time now right for re-emergence of true Liberalism - failure of the ruling class etc (see above) and the myth of the trusted elite in control who would guarantee economic success was exposed by the financial collapse of 2008.


3 Examples of the UK LibDems abandonment of 'Liberalism'...
    1. Free School Dinners: were the driving force in bringing in a policy which subsidises well off parents.
    2. Tuition Fees: Want to either reduce or maintain a subsidy to well off parents.
    3. Pensioners: Support the continuation of universal benefits for the elderly, such as free bus passes and TV licences.

    1. Health Service: Oppose privitisation of Health provision.
    2. From their 2015 Manifesto: " (the LibDems) are committed to repealing any parts of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 which make NHS services vulnerable to forced privatisation through international agreements on free market in goods and services".
    3. Oppose the expansion of Free Schools and extend the role of councils.

    1. Desire to promote the further political integration of a fundamentally undemocratic institution where unelected 'nominated' officials weald all the power and influence.
    2. Oppose Globalisation: support a 'Rich mans club' of nations that promotes tariffs, price-fixing and 'dumping' of low cost goods in the developing world.
    3. Putting the 'Self interest' of European nations above the greater good of the global community.
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