General Election 2015: Vote Labour or Tory in Lewes. Anything is better than the Dishonourable Norman Baker

Role of Honour: Caroline Lucas (Green; Brighton Pavilion) and Stephen Lloyd (Liberal Democrat; Eastbourne).

Role of Dishonour: Norman Baker (Liberal Democrat; Lewes).

And then you have your traditional Tories supporting cuts cuts cuts.  At least they are consistent and behaving true to form.

But Norman Baker has sold his principles to retain the trappings of office.  “I took what was probably the most difficult decision I ever had to take in my political career”, he moans.  He is referring, of course, to his vote in support of an increase in tuition fees.

During the general election campaign Norman signed a pledge that he would vote against any increase in tuition fees.

Norman said today that “the easiest option for me would have been to vote against”.  No, Norman, it would have been the principled option.  You gave us your word.  Your word is now worth nothing. 

This was not just one unfortunate comprise necessary in order to form the Coalition Agreement.  This was the one and only pledge that every single Lib Dem candidate, including Norman Baker, signed.  It was the very reason why many students voted Lib Dem.

There was a choice, and fellow Lib Dem Stephen Lloyd made that choice.  Norman has chosen his Ministerial career above his principles.  It is a shame that the recall of MP’s is not yet in place.  Nevermind.  His time will come.  My first recommendation for the next General Election is for voters in Lewes to vote either Labour or Conservative.  Vote Labour for an anti-Tory vote; vote  Conservative for a vote against a dishonourable Lib Dem.

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5 Responses

  1. I agree up to a point.

    My difference is with your last paragraph – the people of Lewis may still want a Lib Dem – even if Norman Baker beyone the pale.

    If Norman isn’t deselected (and a sitting MP is rarely deselected) then an independent Lib-Dem should run against him.

    Under FPTP this would be hopeless – the risk of a split vote would destroy any chance for the Lib Dems so it wouldn’t happen.

    However with AV there is every chance that ‘unofficial’ candidates could run, with no risk of splitting the vote and so not unfairly damaging their parties chances.

    I have blogged on this…
    http://free-english-people.blogspot.com/2010/12/libdem-renegers-how-they-can-be.html

  2. Its even worse with Norman Baker as he floated the idea of resigning a few days before the vote and then voted for it!?!?!

    How is this a democracy?

    • The LibDems’ support has not only slumped to 8% but it is even lower in university and other educational towns.

      We have seen how the Green party has ousted the LibDems in a liberally-minded place, Brighton and Hove, and I think that it could now do so in Lewes by means of a gentle shove. And also make itself felt on Adur District Council.

      The public mood is there.

  3. Norman Baker has been an excellent MP for lewes since 1997, I vote for him because I want him to be in a position of power, not as a protest vote. That he had to compromise his views and many of his constituents as he made a pledge that was impossible considering the deficit does not make me forget all the times he has stood up for what he believes in and the difference I think he can make in politics. That you would call on voters to unseat him in favour of conservatives to punish him for voting with the government is naive in the extreme. Although there have been those very voluble in their condemnation of the lib dems I haven’t met many people who are actually changing their vote. It was a difficult decision but vastly preferable to another election and ed milliband as prime minister.

  4. There are 3 main Lib Dem arguments for voting in favour of the new fees; 1. the new fees are more progressive than at present. 2. the deficit needs cuts and why should students be spared? and 3. ‘There is no alternative’ to increased fees.

    1. is actually true (though debts are larger, monthly payments will be less because of the 21k threshold and loans are written off earlier) though it is sort of besides the point when university/college grants face 80% cuts and a lot of ‘lesser’ Universities that are full of working class students will close as a result and the scrapping of the allowance to 16-17 year olds – the EMA is particularly mean to the poorest.

    2. and 3 are complete b***shit.

    2. Public sector expenditure on welfare, health, education, transport and other public services are still below the European average. Only on law and order and defence does the UK spend more, and what a surprise that a Tory led government has spared the MoD from the largest cuts. Until 2008 Labour had cut the national debt it inherited from the Tories, only when taking on the £1.4 trillion private sector debts of the banks did public sector debt balloon.

    3. Increasing student fees is a political choice, why not cut winter fuel payments or bus passes instead? Or better still why not find the £83 billion of cuts in extra taxes on the richest 50% of the population who have 93% of the country’s wealth around £8 trillion at current market capitalisation (thats £8,000 billion – a 2% tax on land values market cap. of £4 tr. would raise £80bn).

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