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Jun. 4th, 2009 11:54 am
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Lib Dem, for the record - was considering Green, but their science is about as rigorous as a rubber banana. If you can and you haven't, go do it. Polls close at 10 pm.

Date: 2009-06-04 11:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shuripentu.livejournal.com
I dunno, rubber bananas have some structural integrity. :)

Date: 2009-06-04 11:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] herringprincess.livejournal.com
My thoughts exactly! I'd rather be armed with a rubber banana than a real one.

Date: 2009-06-04 11:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strangederby2.livejournal.com
Done. :-). You could be right about the greens. I guess I could look for a party with a lot of moral integrity and financial sense.

Date: 2009-06-05 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sleetersoulfire.livejournal.com
It's my experience that 'moral sense' is the exact opposite of 'financial sense'. You can have one or the other. Not both. Sound economic policy requires mass immorality and morality requires sacrificing economic prosperity. Most people would like to think they hold morality in higher regard than the economy, but more often than not their choices betray their true values.

At least, that's my experience and opinion. ;)

Date: 2009-06-06 06:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strangederby2.livejournal.com
I agree. But by financial sense I'd settle for not milking the system to pay for porn and moats and not encouraging large business to dodge paying tax.

Date: 2009-06-06 12:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sleetersoulfire.livejournal.com
Of course, the paltry amounts MPs spent on porn, moats, extra houses, etc, and saved on dodging capital gains tax is such a spectacularly small and insignificant amount that you could save multiple times it every year and still barely have enough to make a dent on the over spend of a single large government department.

Porn, moats and 50" plasma screen TVs are not the problem, unless you're considering the stupidity involved in them paying for it when there is oodles and oodles of free porn out there which is just as good as anything you'd pay for... ehem.

Finding ways to stop giving massive, multi-billion-profit-making companies public money would be a much better thing to focus on. Finding ways to encourage a sense of civic responsibility in the disgustingly rich so they stopped dodging all forms of tax would be a good thing to focus on.

Date: 2009-06-04 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alextiefling.livejournal.com
I'm not sure that the presence of a few alternative medicine advocates in the party automatically makes them bad on science all the way through. They're in favour of astronomy, including space telescopes, and they are (naturally) hot on climate change, something which is the subject of a lot of terrible science in other parties - including mainstream ones such as the Conservatives.

Date: 2009-06-04 11:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valkyriekaren.livejournal.com
It's not the presence of a few woo-types in their party that's the problem, it's the fact that their health policy is apparently being written by them. If they want to be a serious political party, they need to have coherent, evidence-based policies on everything, not just a few hot topics.

Date: 2009-06-04 11:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alextiefling.livejournal.com
Well, they review their policies often, and determine them by the direct involvement of party members and activists. I guess I need to get more involved and try to change the health policy.

It's also still only one policy. If I never voted for any party which had a single policy I disliked, I'd never vote.

Date: 2009-06-05 02:37 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I generally vote people - well, institutional cultures - rather than policies. Partly because I have less than no faith that policies will survive election intact (anyone's policies), and partly because I feel I get a better sense of their likely response to situations that way, rather than just their preliminary intentions.

Date: 2009-06-05 02:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
Whoops; that was me.

Date: 2009-06-04 12:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] friend-of-tofu.livejournal.com
I also think that the wackiness of this policy is being over-represented. It's not actually advocating treating cancer with crystal healing! The NHS also incorporates alternative medicine in restricted circumstances (eg acupuncture), so it's suggesting continuing an existing practice, and my understanding of the discussion of the policy 2 years ago was that it was meant to encourage the studying and testing on non-traditional treatments to see if there was any validity to claims of efficacy - not to suggest their introduction on the basis of anecdotal evidence.

Date: 2009-06-07 12:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keira-online.livejournal.com
Local or EU?

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