Mark Smith of the Herald is longing again for the golden days of the soft-right (Caring Conservatives, New Labour and the Lib Dems) in the UK, when you could enjoy your own success in an deeply unequal country, give a little more in benefits to the poor and not be upset by the too-honest celebrations of that inequality by the hard-right of the Conservative Party. He writes:
I’ve just been writing The Herald’s obituary for Baroness Williams of Crosby, otherwise known as Shirley Williams, otherwise known as the woman who might have changed British politics in the 1980s but couldn’t, and it’s striking how different she feels to where we are now – she, and her values. Would someone like her thrive these days? What’s happened to the centreground she once occupied? And what on earth has happened to radical liberalism in Scotland? In a way, it’s a little surprising that Shirley ended up the way she did. She grew up in a big house with servants in Chelsea and might have been expected to become a Tory; indeed, when she first started campaigning for Labour, she was accused of being a traitor to her class. However, her father, George Catlin, was a Labour candidate and pushed her to party meetings in her pram, and her mother, Vera Brittain, wrote about the pain and pointlessness of war in her memoir Testament of Youth. For Shirley, it was a kindergarten of radicalism and compassion.
William’s voting record on tuition fees, reveals much. She consistently voted for them and in 2010 voted to raise the cap to £9 000.
After her party had facilitated Tory austerity and corruption in return for a few ministerial posts in their coalition, Williams even had the nerve to suggest, in 2015, that the SNP Government had been ‘eroding civil liberties!’
Just another blinkered elitist with delusions of compassion and fairness.