Check out this party platform!

From the UK’s Liberal Democrats:

* Providing twenty hours of free, good quality childcare per week, for all children from 18 months to when they start school
* Requiring companies to publish data on the pay scales within their organisations and conduct pay audits

* Introducing a ‘name blanking’ policy so that job applicants apply with National Insurance numbers

* Modules on body image, health and well-being, and media literacy to be taught in schools

* Tackle body image pressure by requiring advertisers to label all adverts, disclosing the extent of digital retouching of images of people

American readers may well be assuming that OF COURSE any party called the ‘Liberal Democrats’ must so far left as to be irrelevant, but that would be wrong. The political spectrum is different here in ways that make comparison tricky, but (a) The Lib Dems have traditionally been viewed as the middle-of-the-road alternative to Labour and the Conservatives (though I think this isn’t quite right); and (b) They are a serious third party, and one that controls much of local government in the UK. (Thanks, Andrew!)

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