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Drop the dead Liberals

Issue No. 2304

The Liberal Democrats’ vote crashed in local elections this month. Their candidates lost their deposits in several seats—as well as in the high-profile London mayoral election.

The party has been discredited after all the promises it has broken since joining the Tories in the coalition government.

On tuition fees and health privatisation, the Liberals have claimed to soften the blow of the Tories’ attacks. Now Vince Cable is pretending to ride to the rescue of workers’ rights.

But all they have really done is given the Tories a fig leaf to disguise their class agenda.

Now they are paying the price. At the next general election the Lib Dems are set to become an irrelevance.

So why does Labour leader Ed Miliband want to court them? Labour cashed in at the ballot boxes as discontent with the government and its austerity drive reached an all-time high.

It is winning votes and polling 41 percent support because people are sick of the coalition.

But Labour’s leaders are so out of touch with the party’s working class base that they are grasping for support from the “centre ground”.

They would do better to stand up for workers’ rights and against the coalition’s rampant austerity—instead of embarrassing themselves trying to make friends with the bosses’ Lib Dem poodles.


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What We Think
Tue 22 May 2012, 17:25 BST
Issue No. 2304
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