The “Nice” Party Reveals Its Nasty Side
As I have noted before, the Lib Dems like to portray themselves as “nice” in contrast with what they describe as the other parties’ nastiness. However, many of us have known the true nature of many Lib Dem activists for a long time. Nationally Vince Cable has cultivated an image of an economic sage and Nick Clegg likes to condemn the two main party leaders for their adversarial style of politics. Yesterday the mask slipped from Vince Cable when he described the dozens of top business people who have backed the Conservative National Insurance proposals, as “nauseating”. Of course if they had backed any Lib Dem economic announcement no doubt Vince would have praised them and pointed out his own business background in Shell. But they didn’t praise Vince’s judgement or economic plans, so he describes them as “utterly nauseating” and echoes Gordon Brown’s accusation that the business people have been “duped”.
Today Vince’s “me too” leader, Nick Clegg, came out with his considered response to Conservative plans to recognise marriage in the tax system by describing them as “patronising drivel”. It is nice to know that such astute minds are at the helm of the Lib Dems and that they can frame such thoughtful and incisive assessments of another party’s plans. Once again this has highlighted that the Lib Dem instincts are closer to Labour than they are to a lower tax, smaller government, Conservative party.
The truth is of course that the Lib Dems are often the first to resort to personal attack and smears in their election campaigns. It is notable that here in Reading, the most negative leaflets are being distributed by the Lib Dems. They still seem to think that negative campaigning and smears against their opponents will win them votes. They screamed outrage and threatened legal action when Labour made a pretty mild (and largely accurate) attack on one of their Councillors who had failed to make an agreed meeting to discuss a report on Childrens’ Services, however, they regularly like to misrepresent others in their own literature and on the internet.
I very much expect that the voters of the UK and here in Reading will see through Lib Dem hypocrisy and will reward them with the same poor results that they received in the Euro elections last year. A hung Parliament, with the Lib Dems holding the balance of power is a prospect that should make all decent people wince. A minority Labour administration backed by the Lib Dems would be a nightmare scenario for the UK.