reincarnation

The SDP was formed on the basis of disaffection with the Labour party by Bill Rogers, Shirley Williams, David Owen and of course Roy Jenkins. Its ideology based on the European values of social democracy, the party’s constitution stated  “The SDP exists to create and defend an open, classless and more equal society which rejects prejudices based upon sex, race, colour or religion” and established the Council for Social Democracy or CSD.

In 1988, the merger of the SDP ended with them becoming the now Liberal Democrats in 1989, who are now in government with the conservatives in coalition.

The origins of the SDP seem to be guiding this coalition the European Social democratic principles, last week David Cameron on al jazeera, television specifically ruled out any exit from the European Union and/or ECHR, he does not believe it to be a good option for the country.

At the emergence of the SDP, the Labour party had in its manifesto withdrawal from the common market, which like the Liberal Democrats today on the EU, the SDP were against.

The late Roy Jenkins was himself President of the European commission,  like Clegg a eurocrat  and supporting the European project.

It is evident, over the past months since the coalition came to being that it is emerging as a SDP reincarnate, policy is not only pro-European, policies have a social democratic tendency, Cameron and Clegg, are purporting to promote liberty and freedoms, while at the same time their policies and actions  are in fact quite socialist.

The Parliamentary Reform proposals, cut the number of MPs, now most people have no affection for MPs and are quite disillusioned but, the less of them there are the less representation there is for the people. The fact that minister numbers will not be cut in line with the number of MPs, shows that Cameron+co are intent on giving the executive more powers, thus more stooges to follow the party line and less debate, checks and balances on the government of the day.

Too with the House of Lords, Clegg wants reforms in line with old SDP-ers, the other place is  to be either wholly or 80% elected, yet the coalition like most of its ‘reforms’ has not thought of the consequences of this, an elected Lords will be more powerful than the commons, it does not have such a strict whips system (unless one is implemented), there are far more members even without the cut of MPs to 600. The House of Lords could in the end become just a mirror of the lower house.

Clegg’s hopefulness of reform of the upper house most likely will be kicked into the long grass, but if he manages to make even just a half hearted attempt go ahead -altering the dynamics slightly it would be even worse than is now.

There is too much this government has proposed that offers ‘radical revolution’ albeit the revolution doesn’t sound so good to the Cameroons now does it? Since the revolutions in the middle East Cameron has shown what type of foreign policy this government chooses to have. An off the cuff, back of an envelope foreign affairs strategy which will in the end, make a mockery of this country. Since the SDSR has reduced the capacity of the UK to deploy any such force of strength.

Whether the weakening of our defences was intentional is not yet known, the liberal democrats have championed the idea of getting rid of trident and are not keen on going to war. as well as the encroaching EU foreign policies, (a united states of Europe, wanting a united foreign policy). Cameron had seemed to oblige to reducing our force on the world stage but has this week been confusing in his approach, so we wait and see, if he will grow more militarist or retreat.

It is no matter of coincidence that the government has been so pitiful, thus far,unchallenged. Britain remains to date without a suitable opposition, Ed miliband is far from being a strong leader of the opposition and far from offering the country any alternative to look to.

Back in the days of the SDP Many members were of the Manifesto Group, from within the Labour party whom opposed the leftward shift in policy and influence of the trade unions, and were against an electoral college for electing the Labour leader, similar to today in the party whereby Ed Miliband was elected only due to the trade unions having lost in both the PLP and party member votes.

As Miliband is a product of the trade unions, it leaves  a lot to the imagination of what  policies he would pursue if in power.

As is evident these days political parties tend to not stick to manifesto promises and initiate policy which was not in the manifesto(s) at all.

It is becoming more appararent as the days go by that this governments wish is to further the socialist agenda, a social democracy based on european values of the regions. the big society (communitarian approaches) which pervades all government departments, the laid-back attitude towards further EU integration, a reliance on the party whips to bring the backbenchers into line on such policies, it may just be the SDP revived and/or a re-hash of the third way, all that is clear is it is going to end in tragedy.

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