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I Didn't Get Into Politics To Cut Spending

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Just been watching Nick Clegg on bbc and he came out with this little gem.

We have a problem in the UK.....the unproductive part of the country think it is acceptable to take money from the productive part of the country and spend that money like it's their own on their own stupid ideas which never really work.

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We have a problem in the UK.....the unproductive part of the country think it is acceptable to take money from the productive part of the country and spend that money like it's their own on their own stupid ideas which never really work.

It's rather to Clegg's credit that he is prepared to moderate his spending ideology in the face of economic necessity.

Unlike, say, Balls or Brown. Or even, more surprisingly, Osborne.

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Doesn't cutting huge chunks of waste turn out in the end to be cutting spending.......all right for those that get what they want when they want, those with access to bottomless pockets.....they live in a world apart from the rest of us. ;)

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So why's he called himself a liberal then?

Wouldnt socialist, statist, authoritarian, economic fascist be more accurate?

Liberal certainly doesn't seem to mean the same thing in the different Anglophone countries.

In the UK it now means "collection of idiots frantically trying to get a second career to enter after 2015".

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So why's he called himself a liberal then?

Wouldnt socialist, statist, authoritarian, economic fascist be more accurate?

I was a Libdem councillor.A Liberal should campaign for the rolling back of the state and its removal from as many areas of peoples lives as possible.There is of course room within Liberal ideology where the state needs to intervene sometimes to enable a more liberal society.

I think a lot of the Liberal party now know very little about what the Liberal party stood for.Many confuse the party as being left of Labour,when in fact in reality it should be in the centre/right but without the vested interests of the Tories.

Taking people on NMW out of income tax and Vince pushing Land Value Tax are very Liberal ideas.They remove the state from some areas and level the playing field in others.

Clegg is pretty much a Liberal,but most of the party aren't,hence his speech is aimed at them.They are too left wing for Labour yet think the Libdems are for them.They aren't.

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I was a Libdem councillor.A Liberal should campaign for the rolling back of the state and its removal from as many areas of peoples lives as possible.There is of course room within Liberal ideology where the state needs to intervene sometimes to enable a more liberal society.

I think a lot of the Liberal party now know very little about what the Liberal party stood for.Many confuse the party as being left of Labour,when in fact in reality it should be in the centre/right but without the vested interests of the Tories.

Taking people on NMW out of income tax and Vince pushing Land Value Tax are very Liberal ideas.They remove the state from some areas and level the playing field in others.

Clegg is pretty much a Liberal,but most of the party aren't,hence his speech is aimed at them.They are too left wing for Labour yet think the Libdems are for them.They aren't.

Surely liberal is allowing society evolve organically and not engaging in social engineering. They all see themselves as entitled to be some kind of management class with dominion over their fellow man. Nothing liberal about that. 'Liberal society' can perfectly easily be achieved with a libertarian rule of law and non-violence + property rights axiom, elected government restricted to the courts and police to ensure no private entities take over the role of tyranny government has been forced to relinquish. No need for some pious twat like Clegg to come in and tell me im only liberal if i follow his brand of liberalism.

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Just been watching Nick Clegg on bbc and he came out with this little gem.

????

There is nothing wrong with his comment. He's basically saying he didn't go into politics with an ideological bias on this. E.g. "government spending is evil it must be shrunk".

That's not to say government spending should not be shrunk. But you should not make decisions of this nature based on pure ideology but rather based as much as possible on the data available at the time you make such a decision.

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There is nothing wrong with his comment. He's basically saying he didn't go into politics with an ideological bias on this. E.g. "government spending is evil it must be shrunk".

You mean he's saying he went into politics without a thought in his head. That's a generous interpretation I suppose.

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