Steve, I think and this is from memory as I haven't re-read the article, that Walden was trying to say that defining any modern political party or indeed politician as sitting to the left or right is just utter bollocks! :thumright:
Chieftiff, I'd agree. It has become meaningless with a Labour Party that is economically more conservative than the Tories whilst the Tories are less willing to promise any increase in defence investment. Mind you, as Stalin infamously observed, he and Hitler had more in common with each other that with the liberal democracies. Both used slave labour, engaged in scapegoating others for their own political failings and used genocide as the pursuit of politics by other means. Both loathed individual freedom, free speech, democracy. Both were in favour of a strong paternalistic family and state. Both expropriated property. An early lesson in the meaningless of left-right labelling in politics.
Perhaps Jarhead and (superintelligent) Bergen could enliken us if I'm correct in understanding that in the US Congress, unethical behaviour can result in a prison sentence? Perhaps we should apply the same here. Lying to the electorate is unethical.
Elected Representatives (Prohibition of Deception) Bill 2006-07
The Second Reading is scheduled for 19 Oct 07.
Of course as the House will Prorogue shortly nothing will become of it, unless it is reintroduced in the next session and gains government support (unlikely).
Elected Representatives (Prohibition of Deception)[/align]
Adam Price, supported by Lynne Jones, Mr. Dai Davies, Mr. Peter Kilfoyle, David Taylor, Dr. Richard Taylor, Mr. Angus MacNeil, Mr. Elfyn Llwyd, Hywel Williams and Andrew George, presented a Bill to create offences in relation to the publication of false or misleading statements by elected representatives; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the First time; and ordered to be read a Second time on Friday 19 October, and to be printed.
[HC Bill 162]