Thursday, May 13, 2010

Today's miscellany

A few more election links that people might be interested in;

  • The BBC looks at bloggers' views on the election, including some edited thoughts from me.
  • Left futures on the Liberal coalition narratives.
  • Chris Dillow thinks that the coalition will be a stable one.
  • Jill Rutter asks, which way now for immigration policy?
  • Splintered Sunrise thinks the election result is shit on toast.
  • Gaping silence has an apology to make, and he makes it.
I've been reading the responses of Lib Dems on their new cabinet positions and it makes really interesting reading. There are a number of activists and councillors leaving the party as you might expect, but most activists, even those that I would classify as on the left of the party are accepting the deal. Indeed every single Lib Dem MP has officially accepted the deal.

This stands in strong contrast to many of the people who weren't members of the party but who did vote Lib Dem this time who have been positively raging about the whole thing. On this I definitely do not blame Nick Clegg - he was upfront from the start. Almost the first thing he did in the election campaign was to praise Margaret Thatcher.

Those who voted Lib Dem and now feel betrayed were voting for a party that they hoped existed despite the evidence. The contradictions of the good and bad points of the Lib Dems were there to see, but many of these people decided to only see what they wanted to see. Clegg warned them, and on this was 100% honest - people just didn't want to believe it.


claude said...

Sorry Jim, I disagree.

Clegg was anything but honest.

Look at this stuff he saidon Apr 30, that's SIX DAYS before the elections.

The man was misleading the public. It really is blatant. I could find you another 30 quotes like that from either Clegg himself or Vince Cable...

Pat said...

Once upon a time, there was a constitutional monarchy with conservatives, centrists, liberals, and other parties. The conservatives and liberals weren't too fond of each other, but formed a coalition government for the sole purpose of keeping out the centrists. The liberals, for so long a small party in parliament, were especially desperate for some taste of power. In any case, the kingdom nearly came to ruin.

That is, of course, fiction. Specifically, the 12-book military science fiction series about Honor Harrington (think Horatio Hornblower in space). It could never happen in real life.

David Cox said...

I know Adrian Sanders (Torbay MP) argued for a ‘progressive alliance’ with Labour, Nats and Green. He now feels betrayed, because Labour really weren’t interested in offering an alternative to the Tories. As a trade union rep in the 1990s I have an inbuilt hatred of the Tories whilst I never liked Labour. It has taken a Young Green to make me wake up to the fact that Labour aren’t really very progressive, aren’t very liberal aren’t very green.

I really don’t see what choice Nick Clegg had other than a minority Conservative government that would call an election in a year’s time and probably win an overall majority. Nick Clegg is riding the tiger - trying to moderate a Conservative government he may end up getting eaten, I guess time will tell if we end up like the Green Party in Ireland for our pains.

On the first morning of the coalition it was announced that the state will no longer be allowed to imprison children in Dungavel. Dungavel Detention Centre is a former prison in South Lanarkshire. Since 2001, the Labour Government having been locking up children in Dungavel, in some cases for as long as a year, as "illegal immigrants”. Labour really aren’t progressive

Pat sure you're not thinking of Denmark? except the Kingdom prospered.