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08/18/2010 11:18 AM ID: 85109 Permalink   

Lib Dem Deputy Leader Calls for Coalition Veto


100 Days after the formation of the UK´s Coalition Government between the Liberal Democrats and the Larger Conservative Parties, the Liberal Democrats Deputy Leader has said in an interview to the BBC that he wants veto powers for his party.

Simon Hughes who was voted in as the Lib Dems deputy leader in June has asked for powers of Veto to prevent their Coalition Allies the Conservative Party from making policies which are fundamentally against his smaller parties principles.

Mr. Hughes is quoted by the BBC as saying: "As matter of practical politics... the parliamentary party on behalf of the wider party [ref: The Current Coalition Government] on big issues has to be able to say ´No, we can´t go down this road´."

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There´s an absolute ton of background information relating to this article in the source. It was very difficult summarizing it all in the submission.

Although reading this, I have to wonder if our Coalition Government is as solid as our Prime (Conservative Leader) and Deputy Prime (Lib Dem Leader) Ministers would have us believe.

I suppose there was always going to be confrontation since the Left Leaning Lib Dems are the smaller partners to the Right Leaning Conservatives.

Now we have to remember, although the Conservatives "Won" the election in the terms of "The Most Seats" they didn´t gain the 326 seats required to form an overall majority. The results were as follows:

306 - Conservative
258 - Labour
57 - Lib Dems
28 - Other

As you can see by the number of seats won, Labour actually came second but since there was no overall "majority" were given the first chance to "form a government" however even with a coalition between Labour and the Lib Dems they would still have had too few seats to hold the "Majority". So the chance fell to the Conservatives who through a series of negotiations and concessions managed to form the current Coalition Government with the Lib Dems.
  by: spacechimp     08/18/2010 11:44 AM     
  Well Space,  
Please correct me if I am wrong, seriously, but arent these the same people who wanted to ban teachers that were conservative from the classroom?

I have no respect for people that want to take freedoms and discriminate against people based on their politics. Now they want Veto powers against the majority? If you cant play fair, play dirty!
  by: moxpearl   08/18/2010 02:08 PM     
  Seriously?? I´ll have to look into that  
To be honest, I think the Torys wanted power so badly they were willing to broker a deal with anyone just to make sure Labour didn´t get another 5 years. But then, The Lib Dems are equally guilty of that.

Personally I don´t believe they should get a VETO on anything. My thoughts would be that any internal vote within the Coalition should be counted as one vote per MP (regardless of party). The Lib Dems jumped into the Coalition with the Conservatives because the numbers wouldn´t work had they gone in with Labour. Bottom line, both parties wanted power and both parties are being forced to compromise. I´m sure David Cameron would have preferred a Tory Deputy PM, and the Lib Dems got far more Cabinet Ministers than their representation would suggest. It´s time for the Lib Dems to remember that they´ve made their Bed, they need to lie in it.
  by: spacechimp     08/18/2010 05:04 PM     
  I want my cake....  
and I want to eat it too. Power hungry. They gave up their independence for imagined power and got nothing, no sympathy here. Greed, one of the seven deadly sins. Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.
  by: valkyrie123     08/18/2010 05:22 PM     
  Insatiable Appetite  
for power. Just like the Lib Dems in the US.
  by: CArnold     08/18/2010 05:30 PM     
  My six pennys!  
Did you hear all the promises to the people? How we were going to get back into work and not be penalised as we have been in the past. You only have to read back to the papers previously to the elections. @ Slave

Yes, they have started heading in the right direction in Wales by reducing the Judges laughable perks. I whole heartedly agreed with that!

Another promise on improving the NHS. Their only solution is to give doctors MORE control?? Great, I have faith in that action, NOT!

It was announced back in April this year that NHS staff will be “properly accountable to patients”, the document stated that... “Patients will be able to rate hospitals and doctors” to “HealthWatch” who have claimed they will investigate complaints.
This document also guaranteed that GPs’ pay will be “linked to the quality of their results”. But it does not clearly specify in any way how these results will be dealt with....

To the people that know all about my personal rants before... I have written to the commissioner’s office and filed all the relevant details they requested, and guess what NOTHING, so I guess case closed. :)

On the social housing: It was claimed the next government had intentions to improve work excellence with all governing bodies; well not in any council that I know of. The usual song I am hearing is. They are persisting to confuse almost all complaints!

Simply by changing their people in lower management, within a matter of months.
By avoiding the matter’s at hand they usually fail everyone including their staff.

That´s better thank you for reading this!

  by: captainJane     08/18/2010 08:29 PM     
  @ Jane  
You´re welcome :)

Personally I think 13 years of Labour has left a quagmire of mess, bloat and beaurocracy. IF the current government is going to sort anything out (and I stress, that´s a big IF), it will take time.

We´re stuck with them one way or another for the next 5 years so I reckon we wait and see what happens.

Deplomacy in action eh? We vote out one bunch or retards only to see them replaced by another. I suppose that’s politics the world over.
  by: spacechimp     08/19/2010 10:01 AM     
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