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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Deserting the sinking ship.


Coalition is rocked by Lib Dem-Labour alliance

'Bedroom Tax' One Step Closer To Abolition After Tories Are Defeated

The closer the country gets to a general election,the more the LibDems desert the sinking ship to argue and vote against the Conservatives. Perhaps Clegg and his lemmings believe that the public have forgotten the last four and a half years, where the LibDems supported and encouraged the Tories in this ragbag coalition, to enact some of the most divisive legislation ever seen in this country since the days of Thatcher.
The increases of tuition fees, cuts to benefits across the board, Iain Duncan-Smith's "Welfare" reforms, including the so called "Bedroom tax", the privatisation of huge parts of the NHS and other industries such as Royal Mail, have been enthusiastically championed by the Liberal Democrats during their period in power. It has always been about power and the pursuit of power. In May of 2010, the Liberal Democrats, under the "leadership" of Nick Clegg, saw an opportunity to do what no Liberal or Liberal Democrat party had done for almost 80 years, and actually have seats around the cabinet table in government. Clegg, with the prospect of becoming "Deputy Prime Minister", grasped this opportunity with both hands and dragged the remaining 56 LibDem MP's with him extracting a promise of 5 cabinet posts in the new government. 

Clegg and Cameron in "happier" days. May 2010

Since then, the Conservatives have been able to rely on the 57 votes of the Liberal democrats, to push forward, at an alarming pace, their odious programme of cuts, "welfare reforms" and austerity.


End of the road.

Not so anymore it seems. With the next election only 8 months away, the Liberal Democrats seem to be placing some distance between themselves and their Conservative masters, in the hope of positioning their party to be able to retain some "balance of power" in the event of another hung parliament and then again prostitute their principles for a few cabinet places in a new coalition should one emerge.
Over the next 230 days or so, we may yet see more fissures in the coalition, as the instinct of political survival and the prospect, however small, of retaining their cabinet posts and the associated perk of office, become the driving force behind every LibDem action and vote in the Commons.
Nick Clegg and the other 56 Liberal democrat MP's, may be in for a bit of a shock come the 7th May next year, no matter how much they try to dump the Conservatives between now and then.