Current threats to the future Lib-Lab coalition
I thought that line - which Labour members, supporters, and propagandists are pushing very hard at the moment - about how the Lib Dems had sacrificed tens of thousands of real people’s jobs for 22 fake ones (in the Cabinet), a very good one. And I thought Harriet Harman delivered it well.
But it’s occurred to me that, if the Conservatives lose the next General Election, but Labour are unable to form a majority, it’s quite possible that another Coalition will be formed, a Lab-Lib one, in which Labour are dependent on their comrades from this country’s venerable tradition of liberalism.
In which case, that line might come back to bite them on the arse. Just as David Cameron’s stupid and unfunny response to Dylan Jones’ enquiry as to his favourite political joke (Answer: “Nick Clegg”) will be a running sore for the next few years.
These are the problems of coalition politics, of course. The Lib Dems have long espoused coalition politics so can hardly complain. The public like the idea of it, and so do I. But because it creates a situation where enemies very quickly become friends, and vice versa, many orthodox lines of attack will come back to haunt their original espouser.
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