’The Liberal Democrats can be ‘back in power’ in five years, leader Tim Farron said yesterday, as he positioned the party for another coalition with the Tories at their conference in Bournemouth.
Seriously… have they learnt nothing from their five year relationship after getting into bed with the Tories?
But then the ex leader is also seemingly sharing the same dream… or perhaps he was flying high on the back of his standing ovation to the Lib Dem conference when he told delegates that “We can be the comeback kids of British politics.”
On the one hand Farron espouses that the Libs have all the answers, that they can reach those others cannot – the centre ground, and that a cosy coalition deal with the Tories in 2020 would be great… and on the other hand he attacks the Tories on big issues?
Farron has been notably critical of the coalition, giving the leadership a score of two out of 10 for its handling of the politics. He had hoped to carve out distinctive ground for the party by being pro-immigration and civil liberties, but he seems to have reversed his thinking now he, as leader, saying the party should not be embarrassed about seeking power and refusing to distance himself from the party under Nick Clegg, saying ” there is nothing grubby about wanting to win”. Well sorry Tim, but there really is if it means reneging on your promises, turning your back on your values and principles and selling your soul to the devil.
Tim’s narrative is not just farcical at the very best, it’s delivered in an air of complete and utter arrogance.
The electorate are a canny bunch and can be very unforgiving. I spoke to large numbers of voters on the doorstep who felt hugely let down by the Libs in the 5 years of coalition. And … for what Clegg did (or actually didn’t do) to the thousands and thousands of young people that were ‘conned’ into voting for him… just unforgivable.
And Farron must know this…surely? Wasn’t it evident enough in the disastrous results and the fall to just 8 MPs and a drop in the polls since then to just 6%?
Nearly non existent in Birmingham, with a smattering of councillors and no MPs. The Sunday Politics show has to now resort to having an ex MP on just so that they can have some cross party balance…
I think Farron and his party need to pull themselves back to the ‘real world’ and accept that their are currently of little significance, they are again a small acorn that may grow into an oak tree, but its going to be a long long process, and may only be one suitable for bonsai competitions…
Maybe a visit here would help – oh … looks like they’ve missed that pony too!
They walk on air, for now. This government can say and do whatever it damn well pleases, with Labour awol until it has a leader. And George Osborne has just pulled off an outrageous betrayal of the cohorts of over-65s who gave the Tories their victory, yet nothing has happened.
Barely 10 weeks since a manifesto pledge to cap the care costs of elderly homeowners, Osborne has abandoned it. This perfidious U-turn is every bit as shocking as was the Liberal Democrats reneging on tuition fees. That’s just one example of the Conservatives’ current air-walking untouchability. But their majority is only 12, they make bad errors, and no one can fool everyone all the time with factoids and fictions.
Families are being urged to join the fight against child poverty in Birmingham as a report today revealed that nearly half of all under-18s in the city live in the country’s poorest areas.
A Child Poverty Needs Assessment published by the new Birmingham Child Poverty Commission shows that 49 per cent of children in the city – nearly 137,000 – live in England’s top 10 per cent most deprived areas.
I was going to write about the devastating impact that Osborne’s budget will have on young people but instead urge you to read Polly’s take on it all as she expresses far better exactly what I wanted to say.
Why are the young caught in the cross-hairs of this government? That will mystify future social historians. Most societies talk of them as “our future”, to be nurtured and encouraged, but in yesterday’s budget, yet again they were pursued in a special vendetta of dislike, bordering on disgust.
If Labour MPs deny the party and the country a genuine debate, it will reflect disastrously on them. It will do whoever emerges victorious no good, either. Labour has just suffered one of the worst defeats in its history. If the party doesn’t have the good sense to have a meaningful debate now, you might wonder why it doesn’t just pack up. So come on, Labour MPs. Put your future careers aside for party and national interest. Lend Corbyn a nomination, and let a real debate begin.
There’s been a lot of self-serving nonsense talked about why Labour lost the election and what it has to do to win in the future. We’ve just witnessed a well-planned media blitz of failed New Labour ex-ministers and their new-wave proteges blaming Ed Miliband with all the old Blairite mantras that Labour has failed to be a party of aspiration, to occupy the middle ground and appeal to middle England.
It’s a moment many of us who oppose this government have had: something that powerfully crystallises just what is at stake. For me, it was on 17 July 2014. Sue Jones tweeted me: her disabled daughter had died; thus she had a spare room; thus she had to pay the bedroom tax. “It’s been an epic nightmare,” she wrote. “Shameful and cruel.”
Have a listen to my maiden speech given in response to the Report from the Education and Vulnerable Childrens Committee on CSE. Very nerve racking but enjoyable at the same time!