Libdem Child's (mainly) weekly thoughts

You're probably wondering whether this is really a teenager's blog or not. Well it is. I believe in the Liberal principles of fairness, equality and community. I may only be fourteen but I can hold a good debate on politics. Honest, I can.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Do we want the Blairites joining the Lib Dems?

According to reports Tim Farron has been contacted by Labour MPs who are thinking of joining the Lib Dems. These Labour MPs are, apparently, "deeply distressed" by Corbyn's victory. The question for our party is do we want the Blairites to be joining us?

We elected Tim Farron to position the party in the centre left, much away from where Nick Clegg had us. Many of Corbyn's policies align with those of the Lib Dems, such as Trident. Taking on Labour MPs who have ideologically shunned Corbyn's leadership would be contradictory and distort the new image that the party is creating for itself. I don't see the benefit of taking in the Blairites.

What people need to understand is that there is a generation who will be eligible to vote in 2020. To us talk of Corbyn's ideology being an old fashioned concept is irrelevant to my generation. Corbyn's ideas seem to be the new way of doing things. Anti-austerity does not seem like a recycled notion but rather a refreshing new way of approaching politics. New Labour has been taken over by the Tories and is no longer an electable viewpoint.

The Lib Dems need to stick to the centre left if we want any chance at regaining relevance in the next election. An acceptance of Blairites and a shift to the right will be destructive for the party. 

Monday, 10 August 2015

I used a dummy until i was 4 years old and it wasn't a problem

Isn't she a bit old? David and Victoria Beckham's four-year-old daughter Harper was seen walking with her father in West Hollywood on Friday, while holding a dummy in her mouth

The silly season is upon us. What with the Labour leadership campaign, more and more refugees arriving in distress and the closure of kids company the nation has been asked to ponder upon whether Harper Beckham, aged four, should still be using a dummy.

I used a dummy until i was 4.5 and i protested when i was forced to give it up when my school told me i had to. I don't have dental problems as a result of the dummy and i spoke my first word at 3 months, so my speech was unaffected by it.

When you're little a dummy serves as security and it's a way for the child to comfort itself. I had a whole collection of dummies all of different colours. In the morning i would choose which one i wanted for the day.

What right does everybody have to tell the Beckhams how to parent Harper? Why isn't this much passion being used to question the cuts being made that will push children further into poverty? Sometimes i think this nation's priorites are skewed.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A Great Tweet About Nick Clegg

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The Tories are like the Paddock Brothers

Famine 1975! America's Decision: Who Will Survive?You may be wondering who on earth the Paddock Brothers are? William and Paul Paddock wrote a book in 1967 called 'Famine 1975! America's Decision: Who will survive?'. The brothers predicted that there would be a food shortage crisis because of the world's growing population. Their horrendous solution was to leave the poor people of India and other countries which had famines to suffer because they only had themselves to blame and their existence was not doing anybody any good. Food aid for these people, according to the Paddocks, was a waste of time and food should not be sent to them because these poor hungry people were people who "can't be saved". The Paddocks instead suggested that food be sent to those nations who can by their own efforts fight for survival. 

Roll on 48 years later to the present Tory election campaign and I don't think it is harsh to draw comparisons. While no Tory would actually say 'let them starve and die' about those whose live below the breadline this thought is still there in all that they say. 

There is a lack of passion and concern for the ordinary struggling folk . Cameron's talk is all about the neoliberal policies that is the Tory's red carpet for their rich folk. All that Cameron had to say about Foodbanks was that Labour had not signposted these places as well as the Tories have which is why there are more users of Foodbanks now. 

Yesterday Citizen's UK held a rally and the Asian Tory poster boy, Sajid Javid, was brought out yet again to tell the story (which we have all heard a million times before on Question Time) about how he was born into a poor struggling family but managed to break free, through his own hard work. That is nice for him but not many poor Asian families living in rundown areas whose children go to schools which are struggling to cater for those who come from deprived homes will really be able to join the Tory club one day.

I will be celebrating if the Tories don't win a working majority. I don't think I have the stomach for another Lib-Con coalition either. I don't want to grow up in a country where children suffer and the so called wealth creators only create wealth for themselves because their friends in government let them.