Mike Rumbles: why I want to lead the Scottish Lib Dems

I want to lead this party because I believe that it has never been a more important time to be a Liberal Democrat. The other parties are obsessed with eroding individual civil liberties:
* the Labour Party is hell-bent on forcing people to carry ID cards and increasing the length of detention without trial to 42 days;
* the Conservatives want to introduce random drug tests in schools; and
* the SNP continue to bring forward a whole raft of measures which will take away individuals’ rights, such as its proposals to ban all our young adults aged 18 to 21 from purchasing alcohol in off-licenses.

I believe that in pursuing these agendas, the other parties are at odds with the vast majority of people in Scotland who value their freedoms.

As leader, I will take the Scottish Liberal Democrats forward as a party which stands for a Scotland which safeguards the freedoms of people to go about their daily lives with the minimum of interference from government, while at the same time providing a ‘safety net’ for those people who for one reason or another need assistance. As far as I am concerned ‘government’ should be an enabler for our citizens, and their servant rather than their master.

I feel that this message will resonate with Liberal Democrat members across the country and I look forward to getting this across as I meet as many people as possible over the coming weeks.

* Mike Rumbles is Liberal Democrat MSP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, and Shadow Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment. You can join Mike’s Facebook group here.

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  • Decent principles, good points about the other parties. But you’ll need more than ‘not the other ones’ if we’re to succeed.

  • And I think people have come to expect a lot more from public services than a “safety net”.

    But still …

  • What are Mike Rumble’s views on rail transport? It’s one area where the SNP have seriously dropped the ball. The Borders rail link has been pushed back and the Glasgow Crossrail has been thrown away altogether. At a time when almost every other developed state is increasing their rail capacity, Scotland is in the doldrums.

  • Horatio Havercamp 4th Jul '08 - 7:10pm

    Neil Craig, ever thought about meeting up & getting yourself a civil partnership with Dane Clouston? All the anonymong trolls that comment here could be at the ceremony

  • The more and more I hear about Mike Rumbles MSP the more and more I like him.

    By raising the legal drinking age to 25 (oops, 21), Salmond is taking a giant tumble down the proverbial slippery slope to the Orwellian dispensation; at the behest of his reactionary millionaire string-pullers, Messrs Souter and Trump. And Labour, terrified of offending youth-hating bigots, isn’t going to oppose them.

    Scotland is in desperate need of the Liberal Democrats, and Mr Rumbles might just be the man to take things forward.

  • Neil Craig:

    How is building nuclear power stations (which I assume you support) compatible with classical liberalism, given that the private sector won’t touch them with a barge pole? Wind farms + baseload are cheaper, less risky and more likely to attract private investment.

  • Spanny Thomas 6th Jul '08 - 2:01pm

    Good Luck. I found the previous incumbent a little marginalised by events in Scotland.

    I also find it impossible to believe a chap was turfed out of the party for his view on windmills and economics.

  • Neil, are you including only production costs or also waste disposal when comparing wind power and nuclear?

  • As a party member in Scotland, I think all 3 candidates are very good, but I will be backing Mike. We need a new direction, and a radical, fighting edge. Mike will provide that. I hope all members will back him with at least a 1st preference vote.

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