The Liberal Democrat Party: An Apology

I’d like to apologise to James Meadway, Justin Horton, Ellis Sharp, Richard Seymour, Les Jones, my wife, and all the other people with whom I have argued about the political positioning of the Liberal Democrats and Liberals over the years. I now realise that my efforts to counter these wise and sensible people’s criticisms of the party were entirely misplaced, and that my repeated assertions that the Liberals were in some sense on the Left of the British political spectrum were, at best, wishful thinking.

I would also like to apologise in advance to Nick Barlow, Alex Harrowell, Mike Holmans and any other friends of mine who have the misfortune to be members of this shabby, unprincipled, Tory-tailing rabble, for any acerbity or unpleasantness which may unfortunately creep into our personal relations now that their leaders have sold us all down the river and delivered the country into the hands of David Cameron. I hope that the conditions leading to this unwelcome situation will rapidly be rectified with the introduction of a fair voting system and the holding of fresh elections (in which the Lib Dem vote will surely drop like a stone). I recognise, however, that this is unlikely, given that the Lib Dems’ new chums are certain to shaft them royally on that issue as on most other things. I note finally that Nick Clegg, the Parliamentary Liberal Democrat Party and the Liberal Democrat Executive did not come down in the last shower and have collectively gone into this with their eyes open, and conclude from these observations that they’re allying with the Conservatives because they want to ally with the Conservatives. Which brings us back to where we came in.

Thanks Nick, and Vince, and, er, the other ones. You had the chance to do something really different, do the country a lot of good and (incidentally) prove several of my friends wrong. Instead of which… well, you’ve certainly done something different. Yellow Tories, now and forever.


  1. Posted 12 May 2010 at 10:40 | Permalink | Reply

    Brilliant post. I have to admit I was never really fooled by the LDs though I could see where people were coming from in their hopes for the party. But they have proven themselves exactly what I feared: Tories with yellow ties indeed.

    If Cameron was C3P0 made of ham, then Clegg is made of SPAM: not even the real deal…

  2. Peter Barber
    Posted 14 May 2010 at 11:40 | Permalink | Reply

    The Lib Dems should know very well that coalition government is not necessary for stability, because we have the Scottish Parliament as a counterexample. That they have chosen the trappings of power and subservience to the Tories, rather than staying independent and supporting or opposing legislation on their own manifesto (under a minority government that would would have been a powerful position) is very telling.

  3. Posted 14 May 2010 at 19:51 | Permalink | Reply

    Why don’t you join us?

    We’re offering a Teal New Deal for all!

  4. Posted 16 May 2010 at 17:32 | Permalink | Reply

    The fact of the LibDem’s going into coalition with the Tories cannot ipso facto be proof that they’re not on the Left of the political spectrum — otherwise the puzzle that these political scientists are debating wouldn’t exist.

  5. Posted 19 May 2010 at 23:53 | Permalink | Reply

    As a Canadian I’m not as qualified to speak on this Issue, But… I’ve worked for the Canadian for many years… In each of the last 2 elections we received nearly 1 million votes, and elected no one…

    Now as an Anarchist I dont give a shit about what kind of representational system we have, because they are ALL wrong… But as a former Green Party supporter, I can tell you that I would allow a whole lot of selling out in order to get the long term (anti conservative) policy of electoral reform in play. Labor and Tory party’s will forever need a left wing party to form the government.. That’s a beautiful thing is it not?

    Klegg isn’t an idiot, and he has a strong position in this new government, he will make PR a priority, and push it through asap. The Lib Dem vote would need to drop significantly in the next election for them to not gain seats under PR. And the Greens will pick up a bunch of them. *crowd goes wild*

    He could have joined with Labor and get the same deal, but hes a politician… By working with Cameron hes able get confessions out of the conservatives to woo left wing voters, so anything “social” or “environmental” that come out of this government will be assumed to be his doing. He would not have this under a Labor/LibDem government.

    Anywho.. I think well have to wait and see how forceful Klegg is on this, I’m sure Cameron will try and dance around PR but I Klegg has the footing to stand his ground.

    Anywho, just my 2cents


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  1. […] As I said yesterday, I feel a certain amount of personal hostility towards Cameron, but not towards Brown. Nor do I have any notable antipathy towards Clegg. But right now I think a lot of my ilk do (and want all of facebook to know). Phil Edwards at Gaping Silence has felt moved to write an official public apology. […]

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