The Whig: ‘Britain Reaps Benefits of Having Moderate Political Force Between Left And Right’

Septimus writes at The Whig:

Ah, the benefits of having a moderate political party to mediate between the left and the right. It seems that the Liberal Democrats (the British successors to the Whigs) are already receiving rave reviews here in the United States:

Houston Chronicle: Britain’s fresh start: Coalition government offers a contrast to partisan dysfunction plaguing Washington

… [W]e can’t help but notice the obvious contrast: The coalition between conservative and liberal forged by Cameron and Clegg is quite unlike anything that seems even remotely possible in today’s divided Washington. More’s the pity. The issues troubling both British and American voters are much the same: Jobs. Immigration. Mounting debt.

The Cameron-Clegg coalition offers the hope of accomplishing at least one constructive thing that seems out of reach here — turning down the rhetorical volume on the most divisive issues.

Some observers are already predicting early failure for the Cameron-Clegg political marriage. But the signs of cooperation are encouraging: In preliminary discussions, the conservative positions on preserving the nation’s nuclear system and denying benefits to illegal immigrants prevailed, while the Liberal Democrats won out on tax reform.

The policy stakes facing the new government in Westminster may just be big and bad enough to trump politics as usual.

Maybe Washington should take a lesson.

Now that we have seen the benefits, let’s do the same thing here in America.

I could go for a government “not insecure about relinquishing control”, for the public to nominate laws to be repealed, as part of a “power revolution” and to “transform our politics so the state has far less control over you, and you have far more control over the state”.

3 thoughts on “The Whig: ‘Britain Reaps Benefits of Having Moderate Political Force Between Left And Right’

  1. NewFederalist

    To say the Lib Dems are the successors to the Whigs is a bit of a stretch IMHO. The Conservatives are only nominally the successors to the Tories despite using the moniker.

  2. paulie Post author

    Well, I’m not sure how much the Modern Whigs are really successors to the Whigs, for that matter.

  3. revswirl

    It’s true that Modern Whigs are not in a direct line of succession. There have been several incarnations of the Whigs over time. But the Whig movement over the centuries has always been an opposition movement. Today’s Whigs feel that the duopolistic system of left/right extremes is forcing the nation into deadlock. So, the Whig movement has returned to present a moderate, common sense approach to politics that seems to be lacking currently and give those who are interested in politics a home they might not have otherwise felt was available.

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