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The UK LibDems descent toward Socialism...

  1. Arguably the First World War that forced the UK Liberal government of the day into a series of illiberal measures sowed the seeds for their ultimate collapse of the Liberal Party.
  2. The strains within the party had been growing for sometime however with the late 19th century growth of New Liberalism which advocated state intervention.
  3. As more and more MPs and influential figures (eg. JM Keynes) became persuaded by this New Liberalism, the Liberal Party split in the 1930s, and have been wiped out electorally ever since.
  4. The 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).

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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