Blog – UK Elections

Here is a very concise list of reasons to vote Lib Dem this May 6th, siphoned from the manifesto and arranged in an aesthetically pleasing cascade of democratic awesomeness…

• Restrict tax credits.
• Cut MP numbers by 150.
• Cut spending by £15bn.
• Scrap costly ID scheme.
• More regulation of CCTV.
• Increase state pensions.
• Increase police by 3,000.
• Create 100,000 green jobs.
• No tax on your first £15k.
• Halve our nuclear weapons.
• Oppose commercial GM crops.
• Oppose nuclear power plants.
• Make it easier to switch GPs.
• Allow asylum seekers to work.
• Extend carbon trading scheme.
• Scrap default retirement ages.
• More generic drugs on the NHS.
• Introduce NHS patient contracts.
• Give 16-year-olds right to vote.
• Cap political donations to £10k.
• Mansion tax on £2million+ homes.
• £2.5bn for poorest primary kids.
• Trial minimum pricing of alcohol.
• Referendums on big EU decisions.
• Support a common EU asylum policy.
• Scale back tests for 11-year-olds.
• Break up banks and introduce levy.
• Phase out tuition fees over 6 years.
• Reduce number of NHS health targets.
• Redirect £3.1bn into green technology.
• End storage of DNA of innocent people.
• Establish treaty to restrict arms sales.
• More end-of-life services and hospices.
• Regulate supermarkets to protect farmers.
• Legislate to protect non-violent protest.
• Switch freight traffic from road to rail.
• Ensure new coal plants use carbon capture.
• Introduce statutory register of lobbyists.
• Modernise Post Office to prevent closures.
• Build 10,000s of affordable rental houses.
• 40% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020.
• Tax domestic flights to encourage rail use.
• 100% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050.
• Introduce fixed 4-year parliamentary terms.
• 100% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050.
• Regulate rail fares to rise below inflation.
• Ensure sold off council houses are replaced.
• Fitness tests and less paperwork for police.
• Increase foreign aid to 0.7% of GDP by 2013.
• Create national border force for exit checks.
• Give councils more control over bus services.
• Trial local income tax to replace council tax.
• Reform libel law to protect freedom of speech.
• Effective insulation in all homes in 10 years.
• Extend Freedom of Info Act to all public bodies.
• £400 pay rise cap for all public sector workers.
• Immediate Strategic Security and Defence Review.
• Reform system for all UK elections (STV system).
• All new homes must be energy efficient from 2010.
• Extend maternity leave with more father’s rights.
• End detention of children at immigration centres.
• Maintain commitment to end child poverty by 2020.
• Block 3rd runway at Heathrow and other expansions.
• Replace House of Lords with small, elected chamber.
• Allow voters to oust any MP for ‘serious wrongdoing’.
• More Community work instead of short prison sentencing.
• Referendum on a written constitution to limit gov’t power.

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