My article Lib Dems succeed in pushing at 20mph open door included a passage on how the different political parties feel entitled to interfere in every aspect of our lives. I said of Oxford’s Lib Dems and local councillor Alan Armitage that “the Lib Dems want to be your nanny, with grim busybodies like Armitage convinced that he knows better than you what is right and good for you”.
That draws a comment from someone who says he is proposing to get a gang together to start a group called “Lib Dems Against Prohibition” with the side comment that it would have been called “bansturbation” but that would have taken too much explanation.
The use of this word is not new – I came across it in an article called What do you call it when people ban everything? by Tim Worstall in the Times (July 12 2007). I don’t really go for it, mainly because it makes these people sound rather more exciting than they actually are.
The idea, though, of Oxford’s Lib Dems actually coming out against prohibition is an attractive one – they might have held on to power in the last local elections if that had been their banner. The constant erosion of our liberties in big things and small is one of the (many) reasons why New Labour is heading for the U-bend at a great rate.
There is a contradiction, is there not, in the names of each of the political parties? The Liberal Democrats are neither liberal nor democratic. The Greens seek power over private lives that Red Lenin would have killed for – indeed did kill for, but never achieved to the extent that the Green Party aims for. Labour isn’t working (and nor are increasing numbers of those it governs). And the Conservatives keep banging on about “change“. Only the Raving Loony Party has a name which accurately describes its purpose.