August 25, 2010

After many years of doubting the credibility and ability of the Liberal Democratic Party as a serious political force, their coalition with the Conservatives has proved that they can genuinely justify the unjustifiable alongside the best of them… just like real politicians.

Having agreed a coalition government on what now appears the spurious promise of a referendum on ‘Proportional Representation‘, David Cameron and his Tory pals must be laughing up their sleeves as the Lib Dems become the whipping boys of the new government.

In their defence, in the only way politicians understand, the spin has started. Nick Clegg has admitted that the Liberal Democrats have become unpopular as a result of the coalition (Conservative?) decisions (Big Society!) and budget. The Deputy Prime Minister expects a difficult time at next year’s Local Council elections, the same day as the Proportional Referendum vote… oops! And, today, he has defended the draconian budget in the face of the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) opinion that it hits poorer families the hardest.

While Prime Minister David Cameron takes the good news headlines with words such as “thrilling” and “exciting” following the timely birth of his new daughter (Florence Rose Endellion) during his holiday in Cornwall, Nick Clegg is left to defend the coalition’s financial clampdown with the less enthusiatic words “by definition partial” referring to the IFS report.

Following an electoral campaign based on fairness, Mr Clegg is trying to ‘spin’ the financial restrictions by pointing out that the IFS report doesn’t take into account “the things we want to do to get people off benefits and into work”. Unfortunately, removing benefits and allowances, and cutting public service jobs and budgets are factual, whereas discussing mythical jobs for the thousands potentially affected is… mythical!

It would seem that the Liberal Democrats have one course of action left if they don’t want to suffer the indignity of being the Conservative’s political scapegoat, they need to withdraw their support for the coalition in order to rebuild some respect. Albeit a gamble that they will rise in the electorate’s opinion before May next year… unfortunately, that’s not what REAL politicians do in the UK.

Last updated: December 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm