Thursday, October 05, 2006

Name your politician

Can you name the major political leader who made these statements yesterday?

Right, let's talk about tax. Everyone . . . knows that a low tax economy is a strong economy. But some people want me to flash up some pie in the sky tax cuts to show what we stand for. Let me tell you straight. That is not substance.

Not everything that [the other party] has done since 1997 is bad. People don't want us to turn the clock back. They want us to improve the bad things, yes. But they also want us to keep the good things . . . . Like the minimum wage. We'll keep it and, when we can, we'll increase it.

There is a price for progress in tackling climate change. Yes of course low-energy lightbulbs, hybrid cars - even a windmill on your roof . . . can make a difference and also save money. But these things are not enough. Government must show leadership by setting the right framework . . . Going green is not some fashionable, pain-free option. It will place a responsibility on business. It will place a responsibility on all of us. That is the point.

There's something special about marriage. It's not about religion. It's not about morality. It's about commitment. When you stand up there, in front of your friends and your family, in front of the world, whether it's in a church or anywhere else, what you're doing really means something. Pledging yourself to another means doing something brave and important. . . . And by the way, it means something whether you're a man and a woman, a woman and a woman or a man and another man.

His name is David Cameron, and he's the head of Britain's minority Conservative Party (aka the Tories). Stunning to compare what passes for conservative politics over there, isn't it? Stunning, and refreshing.


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