Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Lib Dems-Political Roadkill!

I had a bit of work in Liverpool today, which meant a crack of dawn start, a lot of hanging around, get in and do the job then home. It gave me plenty of time to read the newspaper and a terrific article by Benedict Brogan in the Telegraph.

In recent weeks I've had a bit of a go at the Lib Dems and, in the immortal words of Corporal Jones, they don't like it up 'em. They do get personally nasty and vicious when they are criticised, but it's very strange because the angrier they get the camper they become. It got to the stage where it felt a bit like having Larry Grayson, John Inman and Graham Norton lined up to throw wet sponges at me. So the following quote from Benedict Brogan's article, about their recent hammering in the polls, particularly resonated:

It is difficult to exaggerate the shock felt by the Lib Dems at the defeat. They complained at the ruthlessness of the Tory operation and the single-mindedness with which Mr Cameron demolished their Yes campaign, and in doing so revealed the naivety of a party that has proved adept at playing dirty in local politics, but never experienced having the favour returned in spades at a national level. Their pain was compounded by the anger they found on the doorstep at their decision to drive through tuition fee increases when the Lib Dem manifesto had made promises not to do so.
The article explains how the voters have told the Lib Dems what they think of them, but the Tories have to keep using them, which they are doing very effectively, until they are confident that the Lib Dems will be wiped out at the next general election thus paving the way for a Tory victory. The other part of the article I particularly liked was:

The Conservatives have their tails up; Ed Miliband is drifting into insignificance; the Lib Dems, meanwhile, are the political roadkill that no one troubles to glance at. From the windows of 10 Downing Street, it looks like a Tory spring.
Interesting times ahead and a particularly accurate and honest assessment of the current situation. I'm not confident that the Tories offer much hope, but anything has to be better than another Labour government or longer Lib Dem involvement in government than is absolutely necessary.

Here is the full article.

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