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Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 09:11 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gwenhwyfaer
Because you think voters won't be too careful about differentiating by 2015, or because you think it'll weaken the GPs' chances as a whole if they aren't careful about differentiating?

Personally I think this is a masterstroke; granted, not every GP is any good, but I can't think of any better rejuvenation of democracy than having half the professional politicians in the house chucked out on their ear by people who have a very tangible record of actually achieving something really good in the world before going off to serve - well, rescue - their country. Not to mention the commensurate effect on corruption levels. My only sadness is that as someone in a (marginally) Labour constituency I won't get the chance to vote for a GP myself. Because I really would jump at it.

Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 10:15 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gwenhwyfaer
I was under the impression Huppert had supported the WRA?

Richard Taylor stood in 2001, on a platform of saving Kidderminster's hospital. He won. And won again in 2005 - and lost to a Tory in 2010 (but I bet Kidderminster wish they'd re-elected him now). So it's quite possible that doctors are pretty much the best placed group to be able to cope with the pressure and hard work.

And as for rightward leanings - I'm waiting to be told whether or not I need to rehome the cats and put my affairs in order. It simply cannot be any worse for me than it is right now. And doctors would, at least, recognise that a person's GP is perfectly capable, as they always have been, of accurately assessing whether or not that person is able to work - far more capable than a bunch of mercenaries working for an incompetent IT firm with an evident remit to kick as many people off ESA as possible.

Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] davegodfrey
My last (Labour) MP was, IIRC, a blairite clone, but was also a GP. There's quite a few of them out there.

It'd be interesting to see what kind of MP these GP's make. One might think that having a background as a GP might make them better at representing their constituents.

Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)

Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] matgb
Taylor was the counterexample I was going to mention, and yeah, he stayed in, both worth noting he did so as both the LibDems and the Liberal party stood aside and campaigned for him instead-there was apparently some bad blood locally and the rump Liberals still existed as a result. When that was resolved and the LDs decided to put up a candidate, he lost-I suspect the Tories put up more of a fight as well.

My parents MP is a former GP who won one of their Open Primaries (Wollaston), I've not been following her views on this bu thse has been quite trenchant overall.

And yeah, that the ATOS situation still hasn't been resolved after the mess Labour set up is frustrating.

Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] daweaver
Ah, Dr. Taylor, the MP for a neighbouring constituency to mine. Broadly against foundation hospitals and Europe, in favour of free universities and striking, and generally in favour of small-l liberal principles. It's not unfair to say that he turned out sympathetic to the Lib Dem party line in the '01 and '05 parliaments. This observation doesn't generalise beyond the one member.

Kidderminster was one of the few places where the Liberal Party did well after 1988. Fran and Mike Oborski were the leading lights of the party in that area, building significant personal votes. Mike passed away in 2007, and I expect - with some regret - that the local Liberal Party will wither when Fran leaves the stage.

For the record, both the Lib Dems and Liberal Party stood down in 2001, backing Dr. Taylor. The Liberal Party did stand a candidate in 2005, and the LD rejoined in 2010 when the Liberals stood down. By then, I got the impression that Dr. Taylor was seen as a generic none-of-the-above candidate. There will be a market for that sort of sentiment in 2015, but I can't see such candidates winning under the largest minority system.

Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] matgb
I can't see such candidates winning under the largest minority system.

Would depend on the seat. I could see it doing well locally-it's effectively a 3-way split seat with a lot of history of voting Independent in some of the wards.

There are local voters that don't like the coalition, don't want Labour back, but can't stomach the obvious protest types-I could see the Greens making headway if they were able. but if a prominent known person stood as an independent of some sort, but started planning way in advance...

(and yeah, I know people that knew Fran and Mike, and while I don't know the details it did sound similar to the Exeter situation when the SDP merged in)

But broadly, yes, there was that effort to put Independents forward all over the place last time, but that didn't get anywhere either, the problems Independents have is they mostly come from outside party structures and have no clue how to campaign or build momentum, add that to the squeeze effect and most are doomed. Those that do well tend to do so with party support or from party background (Tatton, Wyre Forest, Blaenau Gwent are the only three I can think of recently).

Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rmc28
Julian's a doctor, but not a medical one :-)

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