Thursday, 9 December 2010
The Party's Over
Today marks the end of the Liberal Democrats as a serious political party - assuming that they were ever thus.
In the Commons vote on tuition fees this evening, some LibDems will vote for the increase, some will vote against and some will abstain. All things to all people.
You cannot be considered a credible political party if you cannot make up your mind on a matter of such national importance.
The problem for the LibDems is that they are so used to being in opposition, they never actually considered the possibility that they might have to honour their promises.
If Nick Clegg had any principles, he would resign. But the way he reneged on his personal manifesto pledge proves that he has none. He sold his soul for a ministerial car and a red box.
It is hard to imagine anything other than total electoral wipe-out for the LibDems at the next election and that can only benefit the Labour Party.