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"..attacks Britain for "broadcasting shitty TV programs like Top Gear""
"Thanks for the heads up, Cristina! Now I know to cheer for the LibDems. I want to know that if I end up in a vegetative state, I’m given a peaceful death rather than my own Telegraph column."
> "The mood music surrounding the Lib Dems is so loud and chirpy right now that we’re in danger of forgetting something. This is a Jekyll and Hyde outfit. It’s not just the party of Nick Clegg, with his lovely bright wife and faith school-educated children. It’s the party of Dr Evan Harris."
- Who's Dr Evan Harris. No-one knows. No-one cares. Even though you're gonna tell us all about him...
> "Dr Harris believes in euthanasia – and, I mean, really believes. He was instrumental in ensuring that legalising euthanasia became Lib Dem party policy. (I remember Charles Kennedy, the hard-living and charismatic former leader, refusing to support his party’s position.)"
> "Dr Harris also believes our present abortion laws are too strict, and the fact that an astonishing fifth of pregnancies are terminated is of no great import. No wonder he is known as “Dr Death” by his critics."
- “Dr Death”? Good grief. How original. How grown up.
> "I’ve come across Harris a few times. The Big Questions, a BBC1 programme presented by Nicky Campbell on Sunday morning, often invites him on: his eloquence and logic make him an able debater. But as the subject turns to the ethical or religious issue of the day – faith schools, say, or teenage pregnancies – I watch him turn pop-eyed with bilious indignation. He becomes almost a caricature of the National Humanist Society spokesman: God is bad, his followers mad."
- Well I've come across 'The Big Questions' prog, too. And they deliberately have folk with polarised opinions on there. The pushy christian folk on there usually put their points forward with the eloquence of a stroppy 6 year old.
> "Labour still has a rump of Christian socialists. The Tories are relatively sympathetic to faith. The Lib Dems are now the most secular party in the Britain – and not in a good way. There’s something sinister about a movement that, in my view, doesn’t hold all life precious; that thinks that less than perfect lives can be dispensed with on grounds of “compassion”. Remember that creepy side of the Lib Dems next time you see Clegg bouncing with vitality."
- Cristina Odone? Are you actually Sarah Palin?
...So... is this the full thrust of the backlash against the backlash? We've had something kinda non-specific about the company Nick Clegg worked for nearly 20 years ago and the omission of it on some CV or other. And now the LD party is supposed to be a bunch of nihilists because there's a forcefully spoken atheist/humanist amongst the ranks.
Fair enough, in the face of 30 years of ideologically dubious government, unnecessary warmongering, unbalanced fear peddling, surveillance supporting, expense fiddling, and who knows what else - yeah, all positive thoughts about the LDs are wiped out because of this article.
The sweetness of the rise of the Lib Dems is that it's not because of tax-haven benefactors, the old-boy network, massive union power, or newspaper support. It's in spite of the lack of it. Any sudden bitterness towards 'em right now just comes across as snidey and will be counter-productive.
Many politicians didn't 'get it' post-expenses. Many newspapers 'don't get it' post TV debate.
and I pressed return thinking it'd tae me to type in this bit, but it posted it, oops.
Did anyone see this article, it's quite funny to be honest.
And I just clicked 'this' by accident.
If I didn't already look stupid, I do now.
i could do without some of the columnists, but the foreign affairs/defence coverage in particular is streets ahead of their rivals.
Those that are unfamiliar with it assume that it's some sort of Tory equivalent to the Guardian, but it really isn't. It's considerably more impartial than the Guardian which is closer to the Daily Mail if anything in the partisanship stakes.