Thursday, October 02, 2008

Common sense prevails at Holyrood

I've been really upset several times in recent years to see profoundly illiberal measures such as 42 days' detention without charge, control orders and ID cards being passed by Westminster.

So I was pleased today that the Scottish Parliament rejected the illiberal SNP plan to stop under 21s from purchasing alcohol at an off licence.

I may have said this before, but the Lib Dems are the only party people can trust with their civil liberties. Labour is hardly a byword for fairness if you think that they defied all professional advice to push for 42 days, the Tories are a joke - they will only be for civil liberties if it is politically opportune and the SNP have shown on so many issues that they will not safeguard freedoms we all hold dear.

Well done Holyrood! This decision is up there with the smoking ban, abolition of tuition fees, free personal care and STV for local Government.


Holyrood Patter said...

whats illiberal is phoning people up when they are trying to watch the one show

Anonymous said...

Is that why your colleagues abstained on the key Green motion against ID cards in Holyrood in 2005?

Even the Tories are more consistent on this issue than the Liberals: looking both at ID cards and at yesterday's alcohol vote they were the only party other than the Greens to vote the right way both times.

ID cards have to be added to the long list of policy areas where warm words came up against the lure of the Ministerial Mondeo between 1999 and 2007.

Unknown said...

James, it was down to us that you won't have to show your ID card to access Government services in Scotland.

HP, are you really telling me that you'd rather listen to Adrian Chiles than Nick Clegg?:-)

Holyrood Patter said...

I think i would, Id certainly rather look at Christine Bleakly than Vince Cable.
I havent liked Clegg, but i wanted Huhne to win


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