(not satire – it’s the Lib Dems!)
Unbelievably, the Liberal Democrats are said to be considering making another pledge to cut tuition fees in their next manifesto.
That’s not satire by the way. It’s true.
How the hell do the Lib Dems keep getting away with this outrageous self-parody?
Nick Clegg often argues that the nature of coalition politics means you often have to support policies which were not in your own manifesto.
But what the Liberal Democrats seem to have forgotten is that coalition government also means having to say NO sometimes. Often even.
It’s not rocket science.
Imagine the Lib Dems have in their manifesto a pledge that if they win the election they’ll paint Big Ben bright orange. The Tories – in their manifesto – promise to paint it bright blue and Labour a deep red.
If at the election one party wins a parliamentary majority – Big Ben changes colour. Red, blue or orange.
However, if no one party wins an overall majority – the electorate have in effect voted for Big Ben to remain unpainted.
The Liberal Democrats don’t seem to understand that simple fact.
What they’re saying in effect is that coalition government means this:
Give us a seat in government and we’ll agree to paint Big Ben any colour you want – regardless of our own manifesto promises. It can be purple with green stripes and brown spots if you like. Pink? Violet? Whatever you fancy.
What I’d like to know is this.
How the hell do Nick Clegg and co manage to keep getting away with this abject nonsense?
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