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20 extreme Tory policies the Lib Dems blocked

Stop sign. On a road. In a field. Because roads and fields and the cliches of this election season

Update: this post was written ahead of the 2015 general election. It still stands as evidence of how important a strong Liberal Democrat voice is, one which is – after the 2015 election – needed more than ever. You too can help strengthen that liberal voice by joining the party here.

There are two reasons for the Liberal Democrats being in government – one is to get Liberal Democrats policies put into action, the other is to stop Tory policies. With less than one in ten MPs in Parliament being Lib Dem, both lists are impressively long given that basic Parliamentary reality.

I’ve written before about what the Lib Dems have done, so this time here’s a list of extreme Tory policies stopped:

  • Inheritance tax cuts for millionaires
  • Scrapping help with housing costs for young people
  • Weakening arrest warrants for people who have fled overseas
  • Firing workers at will, without any reasons given
  • Regional pay penalising public sector workers outside London and the South East
  • Privatising the motorways and key A-Roads
  • The Snoopers’ Charter
  • Bringing back the old O-level / CSE divide
  • Profit-making in state schools
  • Cutting the time childminders can give to each child
  • Cutting new nursery buildings
  • Stopping geography teachers telling children about how we can tackle climate change
  • Axing human rights from national curriculum
  • Ditching the Human Rights Act
  • Watering down the ban on hunting by allowing 40 dogs to flush out a fox
  • Weakening the protections in the Equalities Act
  • Renewing Trident in this Parliament
  • Scrapping Natural England
  • Cutting investment in green energy
  • Nation-wide immigration checks on all new tenants and lodgers

Or to put it in a punchy short speech:

As for what the Liberal Democrats have positively achieved, take a look at the long list of policies from the 2010 Lib Dem manifesto that have been implemented, or this poster.

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Note: the original post listed 18 policies. It’s been expanded since and had Stephen Gilbert’s excellent video clip added.

51 comments
David Pollard
David Pollard

Should have been part of the election campaign. This is what we were waiting for.

Steve James
Steve James

And then the people spoke and said no thanks very much we dont want coalition government where minority parties bargain behind closed doors , and reduced the lib dems to a mere handful.

Kav_Kaushik
Kav_Kaushik

@markpack @CraigLD this was the other way round - liberal ideas the Tories blocked. Including prisoner's votes and cannabis legalisation

RayHancock
RayHancock

@SteveJones93 @ceredigion2015 Please do not rewrite history, Labour brought in the bedroom tax on private rented and wanted to on social housing.... Labour signed the contract with Atos in 2006 to cot welfare and disability. And don't forget it was Labour who brought in tuition fees, started the sell off of the NHS and landed our children with a PFI debt of £70 billion.... I could go on

tmh2_mark
tmh2_mark

@markpack @trevdick you have done some good, but... also voted for ALOT of bad stuff-most promise reversing in your new manifesto?

markpack
markpack

@PattyPeapod Remember that after last election plenty of Labour figured appeared on TV saying they didn't want a Lab/LD deal

markpack
markpack

@PattyPeapod Labour weren't serious about a deal - look at even their own accounts of how cursory their negotiation preparation was...

markpack
markpack

@PattyPeapod ... and of course there were the Labour figures on TV straight after election opposing any deal with Lib Dems.

Dom Weldon
Dom Weldon

Much as I dislike being labelled an extremist for thinking we mightn't want to ditch a (mostly) independent nuclear deterrent in an increasingly internationally unpredictable world... Mark, is there any chance you'd be interested in making this into a Buzzfeed article aimed at 17-30 year olds? There is some really good stuff in here and if we can make a listicle with pictures and some text that expands on what we've done in government it might be a nice way of trying to swing at least a few votes our way from a difficult to reach market?

RFairbrass
RFairbrass

@cmykey @markpack 'extreme?' Mm one man's 'extreme' is another man's centre ground. Politics is soooo subjective.

markpack
markpack

@UKIPCANDA @LeonDuveen Sorry, you're 100% wrong. All our true, documented and have been widely publicised. Known as checking facts first :)

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