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My Own Personal Political Crisis

Posted by Gazbook on August 1, 2010

Firstly apologies for not updating for so long; a house move, a change in medication and not to mention the pretty depressing election results have left me too pre-occupied to be able to add to this blog in a while. And to be honest, right now I need your opinion and advice.

I am in a massive political crisis. Every minute, I wonder whether the grass really does look greener on the other side. I wonder whether I should make the jump to either Labour or the Green Party (where the grass really is greener. And organic.) However, it doesn’t take long to see that the Labour Party are simply acting opportunistic, and jumping on the bandwagon of public opinion.

But when my own grandad, in jest, pretends to spit over the phone at the mention of the Lib Dems (and in the same way when we talked about the Iron Lady), it does make me wonder whether I am really making the right choice to stay as a Lib Dem. So, could anyone out there who is also a member of the party give me hope that I’m not the only one that does not wish to be part of a centre-right government? Not that I mind coalition at all: I guess I just want to be reassured that we won’t see Clegg-and-co do what New Labour did to the Labour party.

Don’t get me wrong, as I mentioned in a previous post, the social-liberal viewpoint is one very firmly ingrained in my heart. However, it is difficult to look people in the eye and say I’m a Lib Dem, willing to put my neck on the line for the party right now. Especially when those closest to me, and the lower classes, are going to be the hardest hit. While the bankers got a bail-out.

Does anyone else feel like this? What should I do? Can we network and utilise the party-democracy to put our case forward? Definitely in the favour of the Lib Dems is how democratic our party is. Although at the moment I fear those in the cabinet are taking liberties with our, errm, liberties.

Post hugely inspired by the very good “The Liberal Democrat Journey to a Lib-Con Coalition – and where next?”


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A New House of Lords?

Posted by Gazbook on April 26, 2010

House of Lords chamber, looking toward throne

Image via Wikipedia

Yesterday I made some attempts to talk about the parliamentary reform the Liberal Democrats would like to make, and how this reform might look like. Today I’d like to suggest how a new House of Lords might look like, fully elected by the public.

The first part is this house would do exactly what it says on the tin; the public would vote for the party they want in the house, rather than a candidate. When all the votes are counted, seats would then be allocated based on the percentage of votes; for is Labour fielded 30% of the votes, they would gain 30% of the seats; if the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition gained 4% of the votes they would get 4% of the seats, and so on. At this point I would probably rename the house to something more accurate, like the House of Senators… although if for historical reasons the public wanted to keep it as the House of Lords, then that is fine with me. As long as it has no affect on democracy in this country then I am not too fussed.

As an extension, what I find interesting with an elected upper house like this is that there would not necessarily be a need for political parties in the lower house anymore. Political parties could be banned from the lower house, or allowed providing they do not overstep the power of their constituents to have a say on laws, or agree or disagree with them.

It would also provide a separation of powers, with the House of Lords acting as the executive and the House of Commons acting as the legislature. Although just because the executive would be based in the Lords, it would not mean that the Lords should be given anymore power. It should be left as it is, with most of the power lying in the Commons. It would then be the duty of political parties, not only to appeal to the United Kingdom as a whole, but to appeal to the representatives of the constituencies of the United Kingdom who will make laws on a daily basis.

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