(not satire – it’s the Lib Dems!)
(UPDATE – in the latest YouGov European voting intention poll for the Sunday Times the Greens have overtaken the Lib Dems: UKIP 29%, LAB 28%, CON 22%, GREEN 8%, LDEMS 7%)
I’ve been following politics for a long, long time and it’s hard to overestimate the unprecedented and massive collapse in support facing the Liberal Democrats at the next European, local and general elections.
A relatively unmentioned recent phenomenon in UK politics is the gradual but consistent rise of the Greens in the opinion polls – who are now chasing the Lib Dems into 5th place for the European elections.
Here’s the latest polling from YouGov from the European elections (the most reliable polling company in my opinion):
Of course I’m well aware that voting patterns are different for the European elections as compared to general elections where minor parties are traditionally heavily squeezed by the two biggest parties.
But nevertheless, in polling for the general election too the Lib Dems are now consistently behind UKIP and if the rise of the Greens continues I think it’s safe to say we no longer have the three party system we’ve been so used to having in the UK for at least a century.
What we could be seeing here is nothing less than the end of the Liberal Democrats as a major political party in the UK.
Bye bye Nick.
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