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Quite Right too. The logical libertarian view is that loving couples should be allowed to marry. Civil Partnerships were an important step, but the inequality of a separate sort of arrangement for homosexual couples perpetuates the offensive notion that their relationships are less valid. The instruments of state should reflect this equality.
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The Paris is in fact income-generating. Setup cost JCDecaux just over £90m and the city gets an annual fee of a little over £3.5m a year, as well as the rental fees for the bikes. In return, the company’s 10-year contract allows it to put up 1,628 billboards acorss the city that it can rent. This is an awful lot of new billboards in a city that you rightly point out is already flooded with them. However there could a middle ground with a reduced fee in return for reduced advertising sites.
Luke, I totally agree, but not being scared isn't enough for me. I am, like you, one of those awful hetrosexual-oppressing (cf. the new claim). And that's exactly why I'm also a Conservative; I believe that policing my sexuality is one of the many areas in which The State has no role. I'd urge people not just to be not-scared but to be true to their values.
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A great result, but still not one that will make a real difference. The number of marginals counting on Friday still equals or exceeds the currently predicted majority so we wont have an overall result until late Friday. Of those seats that must be encouraged to count on election night not all are created equal. The damage they could do will greatly reduce any justification for a late count.
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A quick flattening of his hair on a very windy day is hardly a full salon blow-dry!
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The only thing that appears to be lacking insight is your idiotic comment. Your comment about Korea is a total red herring. It is perfectly valid to use examples of facist parties having values we usually ascribe to "left wing". The 'socialist' label is accurate, and can not be dismissed in the same way as the example you give.
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At the risk of descending into Godwin's Law, the Nazi Party was better known as the National Socialist German Worker's Party. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Party
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Your party political broadcast is interesting, but I'm not sure it adds to the debate on left/right labels. Unless you are suggesting that the Libertarian Party stands alone on one side of politics with every other party on the other? What labels would you suggest?
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It really is getting tiresome. The BNP believe in the re-nationalization of industry, a "big state" and other collectivist ideals. This adequately demonstrates that the polar labels of left and right no longer fit. Politics is much more circular - the values of far left and far right are pretty similar, and likewise at the centre it is often difficult to find difference.
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I am delighted that the party is proving in deed as well as in word that the rancid homophobia (and indeed racism and sexism) that used to taint the party is behind us. One of the popular, and frustrating criticisms leveled at the Conservative Party is the alliance with the Polish Law and Justice (PiS) Party. David Cameron refuses to condemn them as homophobic, choosing instead to accuse the Liberal Democrats of having similarly unpleasant strategic partners in Europe and asserting that the other choice was to team-up with Italian fascists. "I don't believe they are homophobic. I would not partner with parties that have racist or homophobic views." he insist. And perhaps he is correct. In a recent interview with Total Politics magazine (see http://iaindale.blogspot.com/2009/10/exclusive-my-interview-with-michal.html) Michal Kaminski, leader of the alliance, insists he was "proud that Poland was among the first countries to decriminalise homosexuality". He goes on to say he he would vote for civil partnership legislation in Poland, but remains opposed to gay marriage, and that he will attend the LGBT fringe event at Conservative Party conference. I believe Labour activists are going to have to come up with stronger "evidence" than "Section 28" and "the Conservative party are institutionally homphobic". It simply doesn't hold water anymore.
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I'd like to suggest - "You know we're right!"
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A list we can be proud of. Let's hope, however, that we do not have too many of them "coming out" and proudly declaring themselves not to be long-standing member's of their local Association. Dr Wollaston's recent claims to be an "ordinary person" and with "no political background or experience" could be viewed by many active in her local party as rather an insult. It is these people who will pound the streets for our candidates and ensure their election.
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It is perhaps even more interesting to look at the longer-term trend: http://www.yougov.co.uk/extranets/ygarchives/content/pdf/Political%20trends%202008-.pdf Excepting a few spikes (for example May 2008 move from Labour to Conservative or the more interesting April 2009 shift from Other Parties to both Labour and Conservative) the share of vote for each party has remained broadly the same. All of the major parties seem to be failing to show enough of a difference to shift people's voting habits. The dreadful "race to the centre" is failing to inspire. Time for some radical policies - especially from the Conservative Party who seem only to be interesting in tinkering at the edges at the moment.
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Socialist guilt is alive and well: http://www.davidosler.com/2008/01/nhs_health_screening_just_what.html The contrast between such a service and the way the NHS handles me is more then marked. Perhaps the most obvious difference is the amount of time and attention I get from the doctor. This adequately underlines that while supporting the NHS in public, the left vote with their feet and go private in private.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2009 on #LabourNotUsingNHS at CentreRight
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