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Lib Dems' rhetoric can't hide their hypocrisy

Issue No. 2270

The lying Liberal Democrats were desperate to wear their “left” mask as they met for their conference this week. Axe-wielding Lib Dem ministers ratcheted up the rhetoric.

Orchestrated rows were the order of the day.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said they should be “rude” about their political “enemies”—that’s the Tories, who they’re in a coalition with.

Even Chris Huhne tried to score some points by raging at the Tories’ right wing “Tea Party tendency”.

Cosying up to David Cameron was essential for the economy, they all argued. Yet Cable could only see “grey skies” ahead for it.

Ministers tried to hold up a few minor policies as great victories for the party.

But they avoided the elephants in the room—the savage cuts, the NHS, student fees.

The real face of the Liberals was revealed when a vote to even debate a motion about the NHS bill went down to a stitched-up defeat.

They had a “panel” instead.

Meanwhile a poll revealed that less than half of those who voted for the party’s pack of lies last year would do so again.

But the Lib Dems look set to carry on regardless.

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Tue 20 Sep 2011, 18:04 BST
Issue No. 2270
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