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Agreeing with Nick
I've been a member of the Conservative party since I was a student, but I am seriously considering defecting to the Liberal Democrats. Here's Why:
- I disagree with the tory decision to cancel the loan to the Sheffield Steelmasters. We should have learned from the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders fiasco that it is incredibly damaging to pull the rug from under our heavy industries. And this comes after all Cameron's talk of suppporting British manufacturing.
- My attitude towards the EU has mellowed over the last few years. Despite the Greek debacle, I'm coming round to the idea that we should be at the centre of European affairs rather than on the fringes. We aren't the only former colonial power in the EU. If Spain, France and the Netherlands can be comfortable with EU membership, why can't we?
- I'm coming round to the idea that we don't need nuclear weapons. There are plenty of other world powers, including Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada and the Scandinavian countries that live peacefully and prosperously without them.
- I'm against a lot of the privatisation of public services. I believe that the privatisation of British Rail was a mistake, and I'm opposed to Public-Private Partnerships in the NHS and schools.
- I agree with the Liberal Democrats' stance on civil liberties. Scrapping the ID cards was a tory policy as well as a Lib Dem policy, so there's some overlap between the parties here.