CSR?

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(Comment Deleted) by aggressive cyclist (4.00 / 3) #1 Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 07:54:11 PM EST

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Argh. They are junior partners. by Tonatiuh (4.00 / 2) #2 Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 08:23:15 PM EST
They have little leverage.

Just imagine how the Tories would behave.

Think what would you do if having to get into agreement with 4 of 5 people that disagree about most things with you.

It would be a miracle if your opinions would matter at all.

The LibDems did the responsible thing: just imagine if they have not agreed to form a government, we would have an even more fragile left wing coalition, with no democratic mandate, that would crumble if Caroline Lucas (the Green Party MP) was in a bad mood, all this during one of the most dire economic situations this country has ever seen.

But Churchill was kicked out of office after the war, the electorate is feeble and vanal.

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(Comment Deleted) by aggressive cyclist (4.00 / 1) #5 Sat Oct 23, 2010 at 07:30:43 AM EST

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Quite by Herring (4.00 / 2) #4 Sat Oct 23, 2010 at 06:33:35 AM EST
I remember after the election, feeling almost OK about the whole situation. Labour had fucked up badly with policy being driven by tabloid headlines and their mates at big consultancies and outfits like United Healthcare. Foolishly I thought the Lib Dems could temper the Tories' more mad tendencies and bring back some integrity.

Oh well.

/me goes to tear up his poster of St. Vince

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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Oi! by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 10:42:52 AM EST
Lager, not Kool Aid.

the areas who don't vote for them get punished.
Of course, Labour would never flood their loyal voter areas with taxpayer cash, would they?


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(Comment Deleted) by aggressive cyclist (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 10:48:37 AM EST

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That makes me "non U" by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 11:34:45 AM EST
S.

But still, Labour would never flood their client regions with taxpayers cash over the last 13 years, would they? 
It's only those wicked ConDems who're punishing these voters for voting against them.


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So wait... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Oct 23, 2010 at 04:15:54 AM EST
we have to cut back on vital services... but we can afford £2 billion on creating a surveillance system the Stasi/KGB would have loved?

I hope all those who rejoiced at election time, proclaiming the ConDems as freedom loving restorers of our civil liberties start to campaign about this.
I'm not holding my breath though...

On the economics, I think you make all the important points.
Especially about the randomised fear of bond vigilantes.
Good rant from Johann Hari too.

I'd just add this, from DeLong and others:

Economics is not a morality play.
The virtues of thrift for individuals translate badly to company policy,
and what's virtuous for company cashflow translates really badly to the country level.