Your editorial rightly praises two Lib Dems for proposing, albeit belatedly, a "motion on digital rights" to their party`s spring conference, but excuses to commend the party, generally, are clearly few and far between. (Digital drumbeat,10/01/14) This makes the news that Labour is contemplating a possible post-election pact with them all the more alarming; Steve Bell`s portrayal of Clegg as a used condom accurately sums up the present situation, and suggests Boris Johnson has more political awareness than Balls!
Have Miliband and Balls forgotten the role the Lib Dems have played in supporting the Tories in their quest to impose poverty on the majority of the people, and shrink the state back to levels last seen in 1948? Just because they suddenly have discovered sympathy for the low-paid, and are currently vying with the Tories over minimum wage proposals, does not mean Labour should be seeing them as potential allies. Would not a Lab/Lib Dem coalition spend most of its time undoing the work of the previous government, repealing laws which only entered the Statute book because of Lib Dem votes? If that isn`t the focus of a future Labour government, there can be no reason for voting for them! How can they possibly forget Lib Dem duplicity, from student fees to their total acceptance of Tory propaganda, particularly the abuse poured on Labour for apparently causing the 2008 crash, a point made most vociferously by Clegg when stepping in for Cameron at PMQs recently?
The truth appears to be that, with their policies showing more signs of a cautious,Disraelian approach than an aggressive one, with more than a hint of Attleeism, Labour leaders are again pandering to the middle ground. This does nothing to set them apart from the other parties, does nothing to divorce themselves from the influence of the City, and nothing to regain votes they have undoubtedly lost to Ukip.The increase in support Labour received after the energy price freeze announcement, which of course, the Lib Dems criticised, seems to have taught them nothing about the desire in the country for boldness; talk of a coalition with the Lib Dems, sixteen months away from the election, is sheer cowardice.