>General Election’s tomorrow. Who would you vote for?

>I’ve uploaded the main party’s policy aims and ideas, and have now completed uploading summaries of the speeches. So who will you be voting for, and why?

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  • >I think it's fair to say most people will be voting on the economy. Interestingly this is the only real place that the three major parties differ. On one side we have Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats. His view is that we cannot afford to cut spending until we are sure that the economy is recovering. This view is supported by history. Many countries have in the past cut spending before their economy was out of recession and only fallen back into recession because of their actions. The US did this in the late 30s and it was only their entry into the war that really saved the economy.On the other side we have Cameron, who argues for immediate cuts in spending to curb our mounting debts. This view is supported by current facts: investors are losing confidence in the UK because we have the fastest growing debts among rich countries, and interest payments on growing debts are getting too big.In the middle we have Brown. He argues for some cuts now but also increased spending to ensure that the recovery is guaranteed before we start more fundamental reforms later. This view is backed by both arguments. It is also backed by the fact that although we have faster rising debts, we do not have the largest debts among the rich. This is because we entered the recession with lower debts and therefore may, in Brown's decision, spend more. In effect we have a choice between:. Nick Clegg is a passionate leader with vision for real changes, but with risky ideas that may leave us in debt for longer than necessary.. Cameron is a personable leader who wants what is best for families. But he is lacking in vision, and through decisions to cut spending in the wrong places too early could risk harming our recovery.. Brown is a calculating leader who will take the decision he believes will have the best long term effect. However he is suffering from poor leadership skills, a lack of transparency, and a lack of vision, which combine to undermine confidence in our economy. They also mean that there will be few new ideas coming from Brown, and in the event of a major event a dithering leader.I therefore believe that the best decision for our economy would be for Brown to remain until the economy has begun to recover (which may even happen before the next General Election). Assuming the Liberal Democrats are able to swallow their pride and take some of the prudent Conservative decisions to cut spending thereafter(perhaps not in the same places), I think Clegg would be the next best man for the job. Of course if Labour get a new leader in the mean time this could change things.

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