Was with a few old friends last night, people who aren’t party members (well, two of them once were, but lapsed as soon as I wasn’t around to nag them, but they were never activists – apart from the occasional leaflet round, yes, when I nagged them). Two of them voted Lib Dem at the last election, one tactically in a Tory seat, one as a protest against Margaret Moran’s expenses, even though she wasn’t standing. So… Labour-ish but not tribal. (Not tribal enough for my liking. Tribal is good!)
Anyway… last night I couldn’t stop them ranting on and on about the Lib Dems. One of them said, “I never used to understand where you were coming from when you used to tell me that many in Labour hate the Lib Dems more than the Tories, (and Tories hate them more than they hate Labour too) but now I totally get it… It’s the hypocrisy, isn’t it? At least George Osborne knows he’s a **** and doesn’t really care if the people he’s out to shaft think he’s a ****. But Clegg and Cable assume the moral high ground, and do all the Saint Vince and Clegg the anti-establishment ‘cool guy’ election thing, and then still shaft people. And then try to pretend they’re not really doing it and still expect people to like them. And that’s exactly what you used to say they’d be like….” Yes. Exactly.