Nick Clegg’s Core Vote Strategy: “Michael Gove”
The Liberal Democrats have been conducting some opinion research to refine their defensive strategy for the election, which is focused on trying to hold on to as many of the 57 seats that they won last time as they possibly can. The important thing, therefore, is to work out the best lines that will persuade existing voters to stick with the party, and defecting 2010 voters to return.
One important subgroup is public sector workers. The research found that they were suspicious of free schools but could be won round by a guarantee of minimum qualifications for teachers. This was the research that informed Nick Clegg’s decision to go rogue on the subject of unqualified teachers in October.
But I am also told that the research found that the most effective way to win back public sector workers – presumably mostly from Labour – is to attack Michael Gove by name.
So far, Clegg has been too coalition-minded to go for direct confrontation with a fellow Cabinet minister. I wonder how long such restraint will last.Tagged in: liberal democrats, michael gove, nick clegg
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