- favourable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
- favourable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
- of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
- free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.
- open-minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.
- disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.
- traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness
- having the power or tendency to conserve.
Now, I’m not going to go all partisan on you; who I voted for is my business.
I stayed up on election night to watch the exit polls and early results. Like most people watching, I disbelieved the exit polls – the Lib Dems couldn’t have done that badly surely? So, when I got up the following morning and saw that the exit polls were pretty accurate, I was surprised. I was also convinced that there would be a Liberal – Labour deal; a Liberal – Conservative deal was just too unrealistic. Then it happened; Dave and Nick agreed to form a coalition.
We are now entering a new type of politics, which is a Good Thing. If this works, if it provides stable and productive government, it will be very exciting.
Though I confess, Oliver Letwin and George Osbourne worry me. Very Much.
Welcome to Lib-Con, please remember to wear your ID (wait, no – that’s being scrapped) and don’t forget to pack your nuclear protective gear (you’ll still need that, we’re keeping Trident – the minty nuclear deterrent)