Wednesday, 14 April 2010

But what do I stand for?

This also is from my Election leaflet (being delivered by Royal Mail to every letter box in South East Cambridgeshire):

"I want credit to be given where credit is due. The New Labour Governments have done much good. There being little visible difference between the major parties on economic and foreign affairs, voting now may be decided by social and moral issues: I believe that Labour has an edge in this respect. Under Tony Blair's leadership, the class warfare of old took a back seat. Also under Labour, civil partnerships were made lawful and have become accepted. Labour members, with notable help from some Conservatives such as Ann Widdecombe, ensured the passing of the anti-hunting Act, outlawing the awful and abominable 'sport' of hare coursing. These reforms would not have been feasible under Margaret Thatcher or John Major, but they are greatly to Labour's credit."

There was a time when I thought that the Conservatives knew all of the answers. Then there was a time when I thought that the Conservatives knew none of the answers. Now I believe that there is good and bad in most of the parties - certainly in 'the big two', though I have doubts about how the local Liberal Democrats perform - and that it is time for goodwill from all to all. Our country faces difficulties, but those difficulties are not insuperable. They are as nothing when set aside the difficulties that we faced, alone, in 1940.

Nor do they compare with the difficulties that we faced after the Second World War. British people worked together then and so we can again. If elected, I am prepared to support a Labour/Conservative coalition working to a limited agenda, the like of which the late Mr Ramsay MacDonald and the late Mr Stanley Baldwin had before them in 1931.

Mr Churchill and Mr Attlee worked well together from 1940 until 1945.

We can do it again.

We may need to do it again.

I will support it being done again.

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