The Libe Dems are standing Trefor Hunter as its candidate in the St Peter’s and North Laine by-election on July 8th. In the latest Lib Dem ‘Focus’ newsletter that I understand is being distributed around the ward this weekend, Hunter attacks the Greens for failing to deal with congestion and pollution.
As someone who has fought and lost more elections than just about anyone else in Brighton over the last 30 years, Mr Hunter must surely be aware that the Greens have never formed the administration in Brighton and Hove. In fact, his party’s coalition partner, the Conservative Party, are the administration locally and nationally. He writes “Decades ago residents elected their first Green Councillor, but what difference has it really made?”. Actually, quite a lot, and if we achieve a 20mph speed limit in Brighton I for one will be delighted.
The more relevant question is what difference does voting Lib Dem make? In Brighton and Hove they are an absolute irrelevance. In Brighton Kemptown and in Hove, they split the anti-Tory vote that saw two Labour candidates defeated and the election of two Conservatives. Nationally, millions voted tactically or positively for the Lib Dems as a way of voting against the Conservatives. What happened? The Lib Dems jumped into bed with the Tories. The sight of Vince Cable bumbling and stuttering through feeble and half-hearted defences of his party’s total sell-out of his policies, his sound economic analysis and his principled stand on the banks, is pitiful. Actually it is beneath contempt.
If I had a vote in the St Peter’s and North Laine by-election, would I vote Lib Dem? Give me an honest Tory any day. At least you know what you can expect from them. The Lib Dems deserve to be truly humiliated in the by-election and in each test of voter opinion up to and beyond the next general election.
Filed under: General Election 2010, Politics, tactical voting Tagged: | Brighton, Brighton Kemptown, by-election, coalition, Conservative Party, Focus, Greens, Hove, Labour, Lib Dems, St Peters and North Laine, Trefor Hunter, Vince Cable