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In a political word that is mostly dominated by mud slinging, a manipulation of statistics that confuses most and the selective reporting by media, that further distorts the facts. I can be hard to know who stands for what.

#PoliticsStrippedBack hopes to find examples of political ideologies that demonstrate the actual difference between political parties. It will give short, easy to understand statements, backed up with references to justify the point. Regrettably, they do come with my own internal bias, so watch out for that before you make up your mind.


The Conservatives do not value vocation learning and favour academia.

Labour and the Liberal Democrats wish to promote vocation learning and apprenticeships.


Conservative Education Minister Nicky Morgan is happy that they have changed the way that schools are assessed, they have removed vocational qualifications in favour of English, maths and science. (The Andrew Marr Show, 01/02/15, time code: 45:20-46:20  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0520r7r/the-andrew-marr-show-01022015

Labour and Liberal Democrats are trying to raise the status of apprenticeships, so they are not viewed as second best to academic qualifications. (Sunday Politics, 01/02/15, time code: 40:00-43:00, http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b050b3px/sunday-politics-london-01022015)