Richard Lawson. On how not to saw off the branch which you are standing on.
It's a lesson about ditching your political principles to go into the wrong coalition - I don't think it's a lesson about coalitions in general.The German Greens are in regional coalitions and were in a national coalition and they are doing *very* well in the polls and likewise the Swedish Greens are in tight coalition with the centre left but while their vote went down ours went up.The principle of cooperating with people outside of our circle is really important, but ditching the purpose of the party has proved disasterous.
Good blog, and agree with Jims analysis. I really hope that many in the Lib-dems will finally realise they have been "done" are being used as a shield for Cons and leave! I know some feel that its "their party" as well, and can feel sympathy for that but Clegg has pulled them too far. Going on TUC rally tomorrow, in Sheffield, hope lots of people from all parties turn up, yep, no time to be tribal.
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Hi JimGood point.When I wrote "Do Not Go Into Coalition with Conservatives" maybe it should have been "Do Not Go Into Coalition with Free Market Fundamentalists". We would not go into coalition with the BNP for obvious reasons, namely that their philosophy is socially psychotic.Similarly, FMFism is socially and ecologically psychotic. They are idealists, putting the market uber alles.Politics is the art of compromise. To compromise with Labour/NuLabour would be enough of a nose-holder. To go into coalition with Cameroonism might be possible, but the Tories are a blend of Cameroon (for PR purposes) and FMFism, and that is a bridge too far, as the libDems are finding out to their cost. (will they be in single figures in the next opinion poll?).
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