Tim Farron Planning Another Coalition Deal between Lib Dems and Tories

Last week I put up a post expressing my extreme scepticism about Tim Farron’s claim that his party will offer ‘strong opposition’ to the Tories. They didn’t when the Tories won the 2010 election. In fact, they went into coalition with them almost immediately. They spun stories about how they had tried to make a pact with Labour previously, but this had fallen through. In fact, this was shown to be lies. They Lib Dems had already decided two months previously that they would join the Tories. And despite claiming in opposition that they would oppose tuition fees, the Lib Dems under Clegg then betrayed millions of university students by raising them, even though the Tories were prepared to concede keeping tuition fees lower to them.

Now it seems they’re getting ready to do the same again. Farron has claimed he won’t go into coalition with either Labour or the Tories. But Mike put up a post on Saturday showing that while Farron is sincere about not wanting to join a coalition with Labour, despite his promises he seems ready to join the Tories in government again. The Independent reported he was refusing to rule out any coalition deal with them. As for Brexit, Farron has changed his rhetoric from ‘opposing Brexit’ to ‘opposing a hard Brexit’. Which suggests that he has profoundly altered his party’s pro-EU stance there, ready to join the Tories in coalition.

See: http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2017/04/22/lib-dem-support-for-remaining-in-the-eu-fades-as-the-party-seeks-another-tory-coalition/

Also worth reading are the comments to this post. One of Mike’s many excellent commenters, Casalealex, wrote:

In 2002, a secret Liberal Democrat document came to light – produced by the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors – in which local activists were urged to “be wicked, act shamelessly, stir endlessly” in order to win elections.

In fact, ask anyone who’s been involved in local politics and they’ll tell you Liberal Democrat activists are the most infamous for playing dirty, using underhand methods and being utterly ruthless.

Exactly as they turned out to be nationally in their coalition with the Tories.

I’ve heard Tories complain and describe the underhanded tactics employed by the Lib Dems, and how they fight dirtier – in their opinion – than the other parties, so Casalealex’s words ring true. And as their actions in the government before last has shown, they couldn’t be trusted then, and they can’t be trusted now.

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3 Responses to “Tim Farron Planning Another Coalition Deal between Lib Dems and Tories”

  1. Florence Says:

    Talking to random strangers (aka doorstep canvassing) it seems the idea of a “progressive alliance” has captured some of the younger generations imagination. They will trot out the Green, LibDems, Plaid, SNP as a list, and claim it to be the only way forward. I explain that post-election coalitions may be the best way to oust the Tories, but not pre election. They don’t understand that the LibDem role in the coalition. Its a tough nut to crack but it seems that is another underhand way the LibDems are trying to control the agenda and garner the young and idealistic vote with weasle words – yet again.

    • Beastrabban Says:

      I can see that. I can remember when the Lib Dems were claiming to be the ‘nice’ party back in the 1990s, that wouldn’t oppose the other parties, but would co-operate with everyone in order to make politics less divisive and rancorous. As we’ve seen, that policy simply means abandoning any principles whatsoever, going right back to John Stuart Mill’s foundational arguments for democracy, just to get back into power.

  2. sdbast Says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

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