LibDem red line: Israel? (U.K. election)

SitRep: U.K. voters intend to throw-out the ruling Labour Party (Gordon Brown, leader). The U.K. general election is set for Thursday May 6 2010.

The polls show, that 2/3rds of U.K. voters want a change. This, following the first 2 of 3 TV debates, among the leaders of the 3 main political parties.

But half of them (of those who want change), they fear return of the Conservative Party (“Tories”) (David Cameron, leader), the party of Margaret Thatcher.

That half (a third of U.K. voters), they like and trust Nick Clegg well enough (leader, Liberal Democrats), and his economics man (Vince Cable), to be their agent for change.

There’s no significant difference in the policies of these 3 parties.

But there will be no decisive change, because the vote will be evenly divided, roughly speaking, a third for each party, according to the polls (a “hung parliament”).

A third of the votes, however, does not guarantee a third of the seats in parliament, because the U.K. voting system (“first past the post” “plurality voting” “winner-takes-all”) is not “proportional representation.” This means, a party can win a third of the votes and not a single seat.

But, the LibDems will win many seats, they now have 63 seats, of the 650, in the House of Commons. See,State of the parties at 15 March 2010” (U.K. Parliament).

And so the LibDems will be king-maker, the party which controls formation of a coalition government (a coalition between Labour and Conservatives is not expected).

This is what the LibDems must now do, if they want to be somebody, a powerful political force, of historic proportions.

They must announce their red line, before election day, what agreement they will insist on, in return for their support, to form a coalition government.

A red line announcement is a public invitation, to all voters, to vote for it, that red line policy.

A red line announcement will increase the party’s votes, from those who would have voted for somebody else, or not voted at all, and will decrease votes, from those who change their mind, oppose the policy.

Some voters, maybe most, will have no opinion about it, be confused, its rights and wrongs, its likely results, and yet vote for it anyway, the red line promise, for the pleasure of it, something new, interesting, dramatic, action, in the years ahead. Many will vote for the party, despite it, the announcement, for other reasons, on faith, that the party leaders know what they’re talking about.

A red line announcement is transparent, democratic, politics, it dispels doubt, in advance, about the party’s intention, and so will establish an unequivocal political mandate, from its voters, which cannot be later disputed.

This, is the red line promise, the world now needs:

The LibDems will insist on BDS against Israel (boycott, divestment, sanctions), to drive Israel out, from the lands it confiscated, after it occupied them, in the 1967 6-day war, namely, the oPt (Israeli occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem), the Golan Heights (Israeli occupied Syria), and the Shebaa Farms (Israeli occupied Lebanon).

This red line promise will electrify the entire world, and its media, a political decision, to seize world leadership, away from the U.S., to reestablish moral authority, and to shame Barack Obama, who decided to continue the destruction of the rule of law, to lie about Iran, to lie about Israel, to refuse to act, against Israel’s violent war crimes (looting, colonizing).

A decision to not announce a red line, this will mark Nick Clegg, and his political party, as another nobody, in the long history of nobodies, in U.K. and EU politics.

The red line announcement poses a procedural problem which can be overcome.

The Liberal Democrats pride themselves on being democratic, its party members vote on what policies the party should follow. The party has not voted to face-down Israel.

So this is what Nick Clegg must now do:

1. Convene an emergency meeting of the 63 LibDem MPs, to agree on this red line.

2. Ask the LibDem officials, in each of the 650 U.K. Parliamentary constituencies, to convene an emergency meeting, for their local members to vote on the policy.

3. If they don’t approve it, then decide (with the 63 existing MPs) whether to adopt the policy, anyway, over their objection, their own party members.

4. Then make the public declaration, that the LibDems will BDS Israel, or else will not, and instead will join with the other two parties and continue to support Israel, knowing, that Israel is using that material support to wage its violent war crimes.

And don’t be a coward, like Adam Boulton (Sky News), and pretend this issue doesn’t exist, as he did, when he did not ask a single question about Israel and Palestine (or permit the audience to ask it), during the foreign affairs debate, the second of the three leaders’ debates (Bristol, April 22 2010, Adam Boulton, moderator).

I have high regard for Adam Boulton, and his foreign editor Tim Marshall, but Adam Boulton decided, to not ask a question, about the elephant in the room, the biggest foreign policy issue on the planet.

It’s not too late, Adam Boulton can ask that question now, the election is still 10 days away (Thursday May 6 2010).

Charles Judson Harwood Jr (Warlaw)


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