One of the things I like to publish the least are my politicial leanings. Not because I'm ashamed of them, but because I've yet to reach 'political maturity,' that is, the firm believe that what I believe is the right and only course of action. I agree and disagree with policies from all the main political parties, and like most view the UK's political system with a healthy dose of cynicism.
I can't get into facts and figures on this blog, for that is not my expertise, and I wouldn't want to waste your time in reading my analysis when there are far better analysts out there. All I seek to share is my opinion.
My view of the HoC and HoP probably doesn't fit with what the system has become, and not having studied it, I'm sure that I'm making assumptions and observations that are incorrect. Please either bear with me or point out my mistakes.
Here are my assumptions:
Therefore, where we stand at the moment is a Coalition Government where the Liberal Democrat and Conservative parties have had to alter their core policies in order to promote a stable Government that can operate for the length of their tenure. Unfortunately for the Lib Dems, this has meant having to concede on matters of principal, such as tuition fees.
The bashing the LibDems have got in the press I believe to be very unfair. Had they ended up forming the LibLab Coalition, then there would have been many other matters on which they would have had to concede - and tuition fees would appear to have still been one of them.
Had there not been a Coalition, we would have either struggled along with an unstable Government (not a good message to send out to the markets who want a solid political 'path' to chart their forecasting against) or another vote. If we'd have had another vote, then I should imagine due to the swing to the right after 12 years of Labour government, we would have ended up with either a very small Tory/Labour Majority (with the Liberals squeezed out by votes choosing either Lab/Con). This would have lost the Liberal voice completely - so by acting has he did, Nick Clegg was able to ensure the Liberals had influence. I doubt very much that the Liberals would have built on their progress in a second vote.
So that's where I believe us to be now. I'm not in agreement with the policies of the current Government, but don't like to constantly hear the complaints against the LibDems. They're having to partner with a party who they've got less synergy with than the party they're opposing.
As for the tuition fees debate, there's a much larger topic that is outside the scope of this article; I'll hopefully have that one written soon.
Comments and ideas appreciated.