The regular Cheltenham trip today saw a few extra LibDem posters in the outskirts of the town, but the Tories are counter attacking with some new ones of theirs having sprung up. Out in the country it’s still all Tory, and not a Labour sign to be seen.
Having been looking at what they are promising, given the alleged surge in interest, I have become very concerned about the LibDem transport policy which, quite frankly, is a nonsense. There is no way that their proposals for car drivers can have a neutral effect unless we give up our cars and buy bikes. Their ideas for buses and railways in rural areas we can’t afford even if they do screw billions out of private motorists and their railway proposals in general are lifted from the Victorian era when they were a good idea and no-one has invented NIMBYs. There are already screams of protest about high speed rail proposals from the country communities that these services are supposed to serve, but wait ’til you get near towns and cities and start on compulsary purchase and building the infrastructure. Overall it’s about what I expect from a bunch of cycling enthusiasts who don’t get out enough.
So a vote for a Lib-Dem is a vote to give away large sums of money if you drive a car. You have been warned!
I don’t see much point in reading the Labour manifesto as they are unlikely to do anything different to the destruction of the country that they’ve managed over the last umpteen years. If they say any different why would you believe them? And so many have turned out, as far as I can see, to be self serving petty crooks as far as expenses and what they can cet for themselves go, so there’s another good reason not to trust them.
Which only leaves one alternative, albeit I’m not going to go as far as calling them a credible one. At least they look to be able to do a better job of getting the country turned round and on to the long (an Labour have dug us miles into the abyss) road back towards some sort of solvency.
More reports on activity in the days ahead.