Comments on: Liberal Democrat Manifesto 2010 General Election UK General Election 2015 is not affiliated with any political party including Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, Greens, BNP Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:11:20 +0000 hourly 1 By: Susan Wed, 05 May 2010 20:40:49 +0000 Perhaps get a job aswell as going to Uni. As you only do a few hours a week in the classroom

By: David Mon, 03 May 2010 01:41:32 +0000 I don’t know if we should scrap Trident and go with an alternative system, but then that isn’t exactly what the Lib Dems are saying.

They are saying they might replace Trident AFTER a defence review (which we are well overdue for).

What I find disingenuous is the Labour and Conservative parties have ruled out replacing Trident before a defence review. I don’t understand why it wouldn’t be part of a defense review when everything else is, it doesn’t mean they WILL scrap Trident, but it should be discussed, maybe there are better alternative for less money.

The Lib Dems are right, a deterrent like Trident was designed in the cold war era when our biggest threat was nuclear annihilation at the hands of Russia. Although there is still a nuclear threat from that part of the world, it is no longer a serious organised threat, the cold war is well and truly over and we no longer see Russia as the enemy.

Now we have to worry about countries like Iran and North Korea and their goal to be nuclear powers. Is Trident an appropriate deterrent for dealing with potential future threats from countries like Iran and North Korea?

Then we have the threat of terrorism using nuclear bombs (most likely dirty bombs). Lets say London was hit with a dirty bomb by a rogue state, would we use nukes on them or like with Iraq and Afghanistan rely on conventional weapons?

I don’t know the answer to these questions, that’s the whole point of a defence review to explore our possible future defence needs and change defence accordingly and that might well mean replacing Trident with an alternative nuclear deterrent (none of the main three parties advocate unilateral nuclear disarmament).

BTW I agree completely with your comment and questions apart from the Labour bit, they’ve moved away from their unworkable (immature) CND type approach.

We were damn lucky in WW2 that we along with the Russians slowed the Nazi advance to a crawl while the US used it’s mighty industrial capacity to build a war machine that we (the allies) used to smash the Nazis and it’s allies out of Africa and Europe etc… and back to Germany using sheer force of numbers.

Had Hitler not made the mistake of switching the Luftwaffe from attacking RAF bases (they needed air superiority before they could cross the channel) to carpet bombing English cities, the war could have gone the other way (they almost crippled the RAF)! Early in the war the German army was better equipped, better trained and had better tactics than we did, had they got over the channel early in the war, we’d have been another stepping stone to Nazi domination of Europe!!! It’s a very scary thought.


By: Don Mon, 03 May 2010 00:52:19 +0000 We were poorly prepared for the last world war and only survived by the skin of our teeth.
We must not let that happen again. We would lose !!!
If Trident is outdated/too expensive, what is your alternative?
This also applies to some degree to the new Typhoon,
what is the alternative?

Many years ago, the Labour Party lost my vote when they were proposing unilateral disarmament, I know you are not proposing that, but you must state a clear defence policy that leaves us with a capable deterrent.
It is abhorred and expensive, but I believe that Mutually Assured Distruction is what has kept us alive for the last 65 years.



By: Steve Thu, 29 Apr 2010 01:04:45 +0000 I agree, I’m a student just finishing Alevels… possibly carry on to College/Uni. My Profession is a hard one to climb the ladder in too and is barely paid much until you are well up that ladder.

I don’t need student fees pulling me down.

By: Hannah Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:55:14 +0000 What will the Lib Dems do for students? They talk about giving children a fair start in life, but you only really start paying for your education when you get to university. What will they do about the proposed rise of student fees?

By: S R Teji Wed, 28 Apr 2010 12:43:32 +0000 Mr. Nick Clegg says that he will grant amnesty to those illegal immigrants who are there in the UK for 10 years, can speak English, clean criminal record. He also says that it will not apply to those who enter the UK illegally after 2010. I want to know that what is the future of those illegal immigrants in the UK who are there for the last nine and a half years (Not 10 years), can speak English, without any criminal record? or who are residing in the UK for the last five years being visa overstayed or failed asylum seekers?

By: Sophie Kelly Sun, 25 Apr 2010 10:24:58 +0000 In response to the statement about immigration, i agree. Although don’t you think that we have let it get too far? Aren’t we bombarded with asylum seekers as it is? Do you think that we would be within our right to send illegal immigrants back home if their reasons for being in our country is to only take advantage of our benefits?

By: Mr Anderson Fri, 23 Apr 2010 00:42:33 +0000 I should have read the manifesto from the Green Party first!
Obvious really :)

Vote Green!

By: Mr Anderson. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:59:22 +0000 What about prohibition? Is this covered in Liberal Democrat Manifesto 2010 : Your Money Dealing With The Deficit.

I earn a fair amount.. But for the last ten years minimum, i have chosen not to drink all that much alcohol as it doesn’t agree with me.

Instead I spend a minimum of £80 per month on cannabis and have done for the last ten year (until I grew my own)…The pot smokers alone could clear the deficit in Five years… If we all put in £80 a month. There’s not a lot in my local town for me… Its rubbish loads of rubbish pubs, scrapping along on wet incomes. Drunkards breaking pint pots and bottles, causing my little dog injuries on an afternoon stroll.
All the parties seem to be making the same pledges about the old stuff… The first political party who stands up and say’s we’re going to legalise and control drugs. Deal with them from a Health aspect, make all drug dealers extinct!! Then taxes could be lower on fuel or!! Or make bio fuel out of hemp! It’s a modern world that needs a modern approach, draconian measures don’t work… I’m not a bad person for all the weed I smoke… I work hard, want a family, I avoid trouble and have worked all of my life, and I have never claimed the dole. But I mix with the riffraff and this current society and the laws that govern it… Make me a criminal… I’m not… I just like a smoke… and now at the age of 30. My lung capacity is tell me, you need to exercise! Don’t smoke in the morning, leave it to the evening… And guess what?? Common sense prevails.

Create an Industry (or take charge), an industry that will bloom and is completely natural.

By: wenda Sun, 18 Apr 2010 18:26:03 +0000 Can you clarify what it means by regional point system for immigration.Does this mean it will replace the point based system in Tier 1?