I have been cut off in Outer Patagonia for the last 12 days. No news, no internet, nothing. On the way back someone told me this ludicrous joke that Nick Clegg had done a deal with Cameron to creat a Con Dem Nation, that Uncle Vince Cable was in government proposing the sale of 49% of the Royal Mail, that Norman Baker had gon into government with the Tories, and that David Miliband was standing for the leadership of the Labour Party!
Actually, I hve found the last 12 days quite depressing. But there is one silver lining on the cloud, and I have recognised a terrible mistake I made in the run up to the election. It all has to do with the Lib Dems.
This blog advocated tactical voting to kep the Tories out. In Eastbourne and Lewes I said that a Lib Dem vote was important to keep David Cameron out of Downing Street. I was wrong.
Next election my advice to voters in Eastbourne and Lewes will be ‘Vote Tory’. I would rather have the real thing than a poor yellow imitation that lends repectability to the Tories.
Clegg is the most rightwing Lib Dem leader in several gereations, cut from the same cloth as Cameron. It is no surprise that they make such good bed fellows. But Norman Baker, how could you ….. ?
As for the silver lining, the Lib Dems will see their support from left of centre voters collapse. In Brighton and Hove this is good news for the Greens who can now be even more optimistic about picking up two seats from the Lib Dems in Brunswick next May.
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