“There were some people, particularly around the height of the Iraq war, who gave up on the Labour Party and turned to the Liberal Democrats,” said Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg last week at his party’s conference.
“The Lib Dems never were and aren’t a receptacle for left wing dissatisfaction with the Labour Party.
“There is no future for that—there never was”.
You can’t get much clearer than that.
Some reports claimed that a Lib Dem conference “revolt” against the government’s free school plans was a great left victory—even though the motions are in no way binding.
But in truth the conference smoothed Clegg’s path to continue ripping up workers’ lives.
“I certainly didn’t go into politics to make cuts,” continued axeman Clegg, as he cranked up the power on his reality distortion field.
He then added, “But it has to be done.” Clegg claimed the cuts would be done “fairly.”
Could he be talking about the coalition’s plans to chuck 500,000 off incapacity benefit?
Or the cancelling of hundreds of school rebuilding programmes.
Or maybe the end of free swimming for kids.
Or the demolition of the welfare state in the spending review on 20 October.
Presumably that’s millionaire Clegg’s idea of “fair”.
All the motions in the world won’t change the fact that the Lib Dems are nothing but collaborators in the Tories’ cuts agenda.
It’s no good love-bombing the Liberals, asking them to “change course” and rediscover their “better instincts”.
Instead we have to expose them for the yellow Tories they are.
Then we need to crush them with massive resistance to the coalition’s attacks.