Thought for the Day: The Lib Dem Position

If the Liberal Democrats form an alliance with the discredited Labour party they will be committing political harakiri.

In the first place, such an alliance will be short-lived because numerically it cannot survive. Sooner rather than later it will fall on a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Parliament, and a new general election will have to be held.

The electorate will not be forgiving in a situation where Labour and the Liberal Democrats will certainly be seen to have jointly alienated public opinion and defied the verdict of voters.

Repercussions to such an outcome would spell disaster for both parties, with the Liberal Democrats routed as a political force and their opportunity to influence squandered for another generation.

As for Labour, they will suffer a far worse defeat than they have already.

The only winners will be the right-wing of the Conservative party, who will regain their influence and work to reverse every move towards reform.

The longer this political masquerade goes on, the more the Liberal Democrats are likely to lose ground. Nick Clegg is gradually forfeiting his popularity with the public, and unless he moves quickly to repair the damage he has already caused by courting the Labour party at this late hour, he will find himself permanently marked by a reputation for indecisive duplicity – and as discredited as Gordon Brown.

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2 responses to “Thought for the Day: The Lib Dem Position

  1. Well however much I may have wanted a progressive alliance to keep the Tories out it looks like it simply isn’t going to happen as the Labour party implode – several MPs have now said they are against voter reform.

    No doubt a LibLab pact would have been unpopular with the electorate, or at least the right wing half, now the left wing half will be unhappy if Liberal Democrats prop up the Tories. Neither is at all ideal.

    Unfortunately because of the numbers I think you are right. Perhaps we should allow a minority Tory government and wait for a new election in the summer.

  2. in the autumn, I meant to say. As I can’t see a minority government surviving the year. A Con-Dem coalition will be very unpopular with grassroots LibDems so how will Clegg sell it to the party?