Earlier today, I expressed:
“I am staying in the LibDems to hopefully see that I am wrong, and that this coalition does work. Ideologically I am a lot closer to the Libdems than the other parties. But if I continue to suffer from these attacks I will not stay a Libdem for long. Nor will I stay for long if the LibDems seriously compromise our values within the coalition.”
After a day of sustained personal attacks (some have asked for some evidence – scroll to comment 31 where I provide some quotes), and my views around this coalition becoming the clearer the more I state my opposition to it, I have decided to leave the Liberal Democrats and join The Green party. Staying in this party has apparently to some lead to me bringing this party into disrepute, and I do not want that to happen. If I cannot voice my opposition to the coalition without being said to threaten the actual party, I am afraid my position as a LibDem member is untenable.
My policy disagreements are vast, but here are a few I am specfically adverse to:
- I did not like our policies on immigration already, but we are now going to support a total cap – illiberal.
- We are accepting their eurosceptic stance on EU, saying that we will not let anymore powers go from Westminster to Brussels. Illiberal and out of touch.
- Most of our policies are watered down or sent to comittees. Take breaking up the banks, house of lords reform, tax reforms are not as comphrensive as we wanted.
- We have removed our commitment to removing Trident, and actually today seeing the confirmation of more nucelar power.
- We can only abstain against many Tory proposals such as marriage tax, higher education policies that may include an uncaping of the tution fees.
- Inheritance tax is not dropped – will most likely reappear.
- It is undemocratic to have a new 55% majority to bring down the govrenment, basically securing the term.
- We are going to cut at a much faster and deeper rate, something Vince Cable had said would threaten a double dip recession.
- This is not a case example of the coalition PR government – it is a FPTP system – there would be more compromise and more consideration of other parties in a proper PR system. Furthermore, we have failed case examples of FPTP coalitions – take 1974 for example – which has not destroyed the case for electoral reform (my opposition has said to be a threat to PR).
I do leave the Liberal Democrats still fully supporting what they stand for. Unfortunately, I think we have compromised too many of our central beliefs in a bid for power. I know many of you agree with the coalition, and it has become apparent that it is best I leave instead of trying to argue my case within.
I wish the Liberal Democrats all the best in the future, there is no nasty feelings between me and LibDems. It is instead, like a lot of people, a great sense of disappointment. I hope people understand why I did this.
I have enjoyed my time in the Liberal Democrats. I wish the party good luck.