Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Watching the Lib-Dems

I must confess that in the past I have always been quite partial to the Lib-Dems. They have always been like a 'second team' to me.

It's just the same as being a Leicester City supporter but I always check out Macclesfield's score come Saturday tea time.

I always liked Mr Ashdown and following on from that I often thought that out of all the political leaders Charlie Kennedy would be the best one to go out for a pint with. His blend of bonhomie and principled political stand really did make you warm to him.

I think that it is for this reason I have to save a special brand of vitriol for the current Lib Dems and their shameful evaporation of principles in order to seek power.

In simple terms if at the general election you put your X in the Tory box you knew what you were getting.

However, on the other hand, if you voted Lib-Dem you were hoping that you might end up with a decent and principled MP with a fair and equitable set of views who, whilst there was little chance of them ever getting governmental power, could be depended upon.

How wrong you were...

I find it astonishing that one Lib-Dem constituency has today issued a leaflet in their community which states as its headline 'Clegg delivers on promises'.

Can this be the same Nick Clegg whose party candidates, prior to the election, signed pledges to oppose any rise to student tuition fees?

And now only months later that same party is spearheading a virtual trebling of those self same fees!

Of course, what the Lib-Dems are now saying is that such promises were only made on the basis of them becoming a government in their own right and as part of a coalition they have to take a more pragmatic approach.

There is only one response to this and it needs capitalising for extra emphasis. THE LIB-DEMS WERE NEVER GOING TO BE A GOVERNMENT IN THEIR OWN RIGHT AND THE LOGIC MUST THEREFORE BE THAT EVERY ONE OF THEIR PROMISES ARE MEANINGLESS.

If you don't believe me just listen to what Nick had to say about tuition fees prior to the election...



When it comes to the Lib-Dems I feel like a father does to a child who has let them down. 'I'm not angry, just very very disappointed.'

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