Friday, January 13, 2006

Chris Huhne launches a campaign website

Chris Huhne formally launches his campaign and sets up a campaign website. Full list of supporters on Wikipedia. He says things like:

"Of course, if we put green taxes up, other taxes can and should come down."

"Liberalism has also about reforming a gargantuan centralised state...The parliament of one of the largest countries in Europe should not be discussing housing targets in Hampshire or the cleanliness of hospital wards in Northampton. Those decisions should be for local people."

He also (very sensibly) agrees with me on Menzies Campbell's interview:

And he rejected the idea that the party needed to position itself to one side or another of the other parties. Sir Menzies has said he would lead a party that was to the left of Labour.

Mr Huhne said: "I don't think it's useful to be talking in left/right terms when you are looking at liberal issues where we are very distinct from both the Conservatives and from Labour... On some issues, for example, our opposition to the war in Iraq, we are to the left of Labour; on other issues we are clearly to the right of Labour. You have to look at the whole package...That's why it doesn't really make sense in my view to talk about right or left in those terms."

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