I’m starting to feel a bit sorry for Liberal Democrat supporters. They’re watching their party do deals with the Tories. They’re desperately trying to make excuses for them. They’re probably feeling a bit sick inside. I joined the Labour Party when we were last in opposition. I joined it because I believe in its values. I believe in fairness, justice, and giving everyone who needs it help to succeed. Whether that’s in education, work, or just being able to put food in their mouths, shelter over their heads, and warmth in their lives.
Throughout the Labour party’s history, the leadership has fluctuated from the left to the right. But it has never wavered from these core beliefs. The people who did, left. Ramsay McDonald left the party. The gang of four left the party. Militant tendency left the party. The party continued. The party evolved. It went through many forms. The reforming Attlee government, the left-wing party of Foot, and now New Labour . And through all those changes, it didn’t really waver from it’s core beliefs. Individuals may have sold out their principles for one reason or another, but the Labour party never did.
Which is why it’s so sad to see the Liberal Democrats doing just that. I believe most Liberal Democrat supporters are left-of-centre. I believe that they genuinely want left-of-centre policies. Indeed, some Liberal Democrat policies are to the left of Labour alternatives. Unfortunately for them, their leadership is not as progressive as their voters. For all Clegg’s declarations of being the candidate of New Politics and change, he’s ready to prop up the most Thatcherite government since they booted the chief milk snatcher herself out of Downing Street.
I hope it doesn’t come to pass. I think it’s going to come to pass. I think there’ll probably be a pact between the Liberal Democrats and Satan the Conservative party by tomorrow. I think that it won’t include Proportional Representation. It probably won’t include much electoral reform. There’ll be some nod toward “political reform” which could mean anything, but won’t mean much. There’ll be excuses about the national interest and the markets. And there’ll be a rather inevitable-looking second General Election on 28 October 2010. In the mean time, real people will suffer. Education will see cuts, jobs will go, voters (including betrayed Lib Dem voters) will struggle to provide food, shelter, and warmth in their lives. All because of a sell-out. If I was a Liberal Democrat voter, I’d feel terribly let down right now.