Weekend reading


by Sunny
25th April, 2010 at 3:00 am    

Two articles by me, elsewhere:

Two reasons why the Libdems cannot rest easy [Guardian]
It’s in the interests of Lib Dems to play up their position in the polls – after all they’ve never been taken more seriously. That means fewer people who think that voting Lib Dem is a “wasted vote”. But Clegg still faces two challenges that will reduce his party’s vote on polling day. And he must take action to deal with them now.

The right hand of God [New Statesman]
You could be forgiven for thinking that the David Cameron project has been striking in its unwillingness to say much about faith. None of the inner circle of Cameron, George Osborne, Andy Coulson and Steve Hilton is regarded as particularly religious, and avoiding the subject is part of the Tory detoxification project. Yet there are signs that a change is afoot.


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  1. Vikrant — on 25th April, 2010 at 2:27 pm  

    It’s funny how Clegg is already crowning himself the prime minister. A vote for Lib Dems is simply a vote for NuLabour by the backdoor.

  2. Don — on 25th April, 2010 at 3:38 pm  

    As always I’ll be voting tactically to keep the tories out.

  3. douglas clark — on 25th April, 2010 at 3:56 pm  

    Vikrant,

    You don’t know that. And Clegg has never said that anyway.

    Another ten point rise is LIB vote share would make them the government of the day.

  4. MaidMarian — on 25th April, 2010 at 7:34 pm  

    Whether the Lib Dems are for real or whether it is a puffball created by the dumbed-down TV debates is question wrth asking. It is often forgotten that the SDP led the opinion polls for 18 months between 1981/1982.

    I would however find it very hard to vote for the amnesty policy though. Terrible idea.

  5. Vikrant — on 26th April, 2010 at 12:00 am  

    I would however find it very hard to vote for the amnesty policy though. Terrible idea.

    Exactly! If fail to see how is it anything but rewarding illegal immigration? Its not a one off solution as Clegg suggests. Its not as if there are going to be full stops on illegal immigration. I fail to see how voting Lib Dems is going to change anything?

  6. MaidMarian — on 26th April, 2010 at 10:07 am  

    Vikrant – It is indeed a reward for those who break the law, a strong argument. But more than that it flies in the face of this ‘fairness’ I hear so much about from Clegg.

    My wife came to the country legally, married me and we went through the system in good faith. We put up with the awful bureaucracy, the dire ‘service,’ paid the best part of £2k in fees and lived with the uncertainty.

    An amnesty is a reward for those who act in bad faith at the expense of those who follow the rules.

    I am yet to hear a single compelling argument in favour of amnesty. There must be some – can anyone help?

  7. Don — on 26th April, 2010 at 10:31 am  

    If someone has worked and supported themselves for ten years, stayed out of trouble and made some kind of contribution where is the advantage in tracking themn down and deporting them at huge cost?

    It will encourage others? Yet both of the other parties seem confident they can make the borders more secure which would prevent it from becoming an issue.

    After ten years some would surely have had family born here. What of them? Are we going to develop, still further than we have, an invisible underclass in the hundreds of thousand permanently without status or the protection of the law.

  8. MaidMarian — on 26th April, 2010 at 10:57 am  

    Don – Thank you for your reply.

    ‘If someone has worked and supported themselves for ten years, stayed out of trouble and made some kind of contribution where is the advantage in tracking themn down and deporting them at huge cost?’

    A reasonable point, but not one I am inclined to agree with. If someone has worked and supported themselves then almost certainly they have been illegally employed. It may well be that there are some very nice people who are in the country illegally. It is just that being nice does not somehow mean that the law doesn’t apply. There are probably some very nice gangsters out there – does the law not apply there after ten years too?

    It should also be noted that the amnesty would encourage those here illegally to stay on for upto ten years.

    What is more, it is not as if these people do not have a choice. I know several people who left the country as their leave to remain expired and who then returned legally. That option is open – these people who would be given amnesty stayed in the UK in bad faith.

    It is as if the Lib Dems believe that the only thing these people have done wrong is get caught.

    As for the offspring of illegal migrants, again, there is a choice. Go back to the home country and do things legally. That way one gets protections.

    An amnesty would be a slap in the face for those who have, at great expense and often personal cost, acted in good faith – do those people not matter?

  9. Vikrant — on 28th April, 2010 at 12:38 am  

    What is more, it is not as if these people do not have a choice. I know several people who left the country as their leave to remain expired and who then returned legally.

    Exactly! My family has no ties to Britain as of now. Yet me and all my siblings were raised there. While I did end up becoming a citizen, not so for my sisters, who recently lost their ILR.

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