Verdict

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.

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  • TheBoilingFrog  On December 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I’ve no sympathy with your ‘old friends’ to be honest. Anyone who has seen the Lib Dems in action; either locally or in Parliament knows they are the worst kind of duplicitous two-faced bastards.

    At least disillusioned Lib Dem supporting students have got their ‘political mistake’ out of the way early in their life.

    • kerrymccarthy  On December 5, 2010 at 12:28 am

      That was my point though… they hadn’t seen them in action till now.

      • TheBoilingFrog  On December 5, 2010 at 8:01 pm

        I appreciate that, like the rest of us, they haven’t seen them in action in Government, but Lib Dem actions in opposition / county councils hitherto have not been a state secret (presumably as they’re long standing friends this was not their first time of voting) like abstaining on a 3-line whip for example. The Lib Dem stance of; ‘don’t like our policies? Don’t worry a different one will be along in a minute’ is pretty well known. Were your friends really oblivious to this before May?

        As it happens, the Libs Dems are not only losing support but cash as well:

        http://www.tribunemagazine.co.uk/2010/12/lib-dems-are-losing-cash-voters-and-supporters/

        It maybe that Cameron’s only achievement in office worth credit will be the destruction of the Lib Dems.

        P.S. Apologies for slightly aggressive tone in first comment, note-to-self don’t post comments on internet after copious Stellas.

  • Chris Pursey  On December 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    How about making Politics a mandatory subject in Secondary Schools so that the future of this country actually know who and what they are voting for??? I see a lot of people (mainley youngsters) voting for the BNP purely because they are fed up with the ammount of immigrents/asylum seekers coming over to this country and getting hand outs.

  • Chris Pursey  On December 8, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    How about making Politics a mandatory subject in Secondary Schools so that the future of this country actually know who and what they are voting for??? I see a lot of people (mainly youngsters) voting for the BNP purely because they are fed up with the amount of immigrants/asylum seekers coming over to this country and getting hand outs.

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