I've always wondered about the Liberal in Liberal Democrats.
Dictionaries offer the following meanings:
Believing in the concept of maximum individual freedom possible
Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes
Tending to give freely
Certainly these apply to two of our present Liberal Democrat MP in their personal lives.
First, of course we have Chris Huhne, whose wife and mistress both turned up at the LibDem Conference. He left his wife of 26 years and their children in favour of his allegedly bisexual lover (who left her female partner) Very Liberal indeed!
Now we have John Hemming who has has a (cat stealing) wife and a long term mistress, and considers the present financial crisis far more worth of discussion than his liberal private life.
Of course it all started with 'Paddy Pantsdown' back in 1992, but considering the total number of LibDem MPs (57) in the present parliament compared with the Conservatives (306), they do appear to have more than their fair share of mistresses. But that presumably is what Liberalism is all about.
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