The Yellow Tory – Support For A Con-Lib Coalition

I have been in favour of a Conservative – Lib Dem deal for some time now as I feel they offer the best hope for the future for the country and it appears I am not the only one:

Why a Con-Lib coalition might be good for the Left (Liberal Conspiracy)

The success of an agreement lies in the Yellow Tory (The Rambler – Nik Darlington)

At the moment it remains to be seen if a deal can be hammered out between David Cameron and Nick Clegg but after seeing Nick Clegg take a petition and addressing the crowd of protesters at the Unlock Democracy flash mob I have hopeful that we may have turned a corner from the old style politics.

There are those in both parties that will hate this deal but if we are to move forward then surely we need our political parties to work closer together – after all, we wanted a hung Parliament right?

To the Conservatives that say they should run on as a minority government I’d say fine, go ahead if you fancy running the country till next Spring, being blamed for all the cuts and then being dumped for another 3 elections.

To the Lib Dems that say they voted to get rid of the Tories I’d say next time you want a Labour government I suggest you vote Labour. There was always the chance this would happen.

To the Labourites and left wing that use the argument that 65% of the country voted against the Tories, I’d say 72% voted against a Labour government.People voted for Lib Dems as a vote against Labour as well.

I heard the usual “nasty Tories” party political broadcast from Will Straw (son of Labour MP Jack Straw) and Billy Bragg at the protest and I wonder whether these self styled “progessives” are that at all or whether they just want an old style Labour government in. What can be more progressive than the Conservatives and Lib Dems talking about doing a deal for the good of the country?

So neither trusts the Tories over electoral reform – oh and like Labour have a good record on it? In 1997 Tony Blair got Roy Jenkins to look into it and then kicked it into the long grass. Sorry guys but Labour have form on not being trusted regards change.

Labour want an Alternative Votes (AV) system which to me seems almost like First Past The Post (FPTP) and I trust Labour enough to think there must be a reason why they want it. The voting system is already rigged in labour’s favour with (I belive) the Conservatives needing to get 7% more votes just to equal Labour. And how does being a few % behind Labour give the Lib Dems only 20% of the seats?

My opinion is the country needs an open and honest debate over electoral reform followed by a referendum and I don’t believe Labour could deliver either. With the likes of Peter Mandelson still around the words open and honest would not get a look in.

I really hope Cameron and Clegg can put something together between them and I for one think if they can, we could actually be looking at a Future Fairer For All.

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4 comments on “The Yellow Tory – Support For A Con-Lib Coalition
  1. Terry Bubble says:

    I couldn’t agree more, It really angers me when I hear the the backbenchers have started saying they would prefer a minority government.
    The people voted for a conservative government but with leftist tendencies, so this is the ideal way to satisfy the electorate. This is what they are here for. The country comes first, not the party.
    Ideally I would have preferred the Conservatives to get a majority, but to be a fair and above all democratic, a coalition is what’s needed.

  2. Although it may not be to the liking of any parties die hard activists, who represent the minority of voters, the prospect of a strong working relationship between the Conservatives and Lib/Dems will be seen as a positive step forward in the management of this country. That IS Progressive politics.

    Every time someone representing Labour opens their mouth, their claim to be a leading voice for Progressiveness takes two steps backwards and the longer Gordon Brown clings to the keys of No. 10 the further out of touch they prove themselves to be. His stance only highlights how out of touch with “real people” Labour is.

    This is supposed to be a democracy and the majority have voted against a Big Government Nanny State. No matter how Labour try to spin it, an absolute majority voted AGAINST Labour in Downing Street.

    Instead of childishly trying to stir up antagonism between the responsible stance being taken by Nick and David, Labour would do their cause more good by encouraging constructive progress. The more they try to build up the gulf between the Conservatives and Lib/Dems, the more they alienate those that campaigned for open, honest, acountable and fair politics.

    If Labour have nothing positive and constructive to say, in the national interest they would be best advised to keep quiet.

    The Big Adavantage of a Conservative – Lib Dem alliance is their combined ability to nurture the addicts of Labours welfare dependancy off the Nanny state.

    People of both Conservative and Lib Dem persuasion need to view this as a great opportunity to re-balance state V people with popular support.

    One major issue not addressed during this election, which will soon replace the touchy subject of immigtation, is the balance of the burden to be shared across the UK. In working in the national interest, the inequalities in approach to higher education must be addressed, to give but one example.

  3. A New Dawn, A New Political Era

    David Laws, Lib Dem MP (member of the negotiating team), this morning said he was excited by the policies agreed. He confirmed that, after examining the proposal last night, his parties MPs and Lords gave unanimous approval, which was previously unheard of for their own policy proposals. According to another Lib Dem MP, leaving the parties meeting last night, only one weirdie beardie on the parties Federal Executive voted against the plan to go into Coalition Government with the Conservatives.

    It must have been a twitchy time for David Cameron sitting in Downing Street, already installed as our new Prime Minister by the Queen. Gordon Brown, in a final temper tantrum, told his people that he had had enough and he wouldn’t wait for a formal announcement of the agreement before tendering his formal resignation. In a touching speech outside No. 10, Brown announced that he was asking the Queen to accept his resignation and would be advising her to call for the Leader of the Opposition, David Cameron, to form her new Government. If only Gordon could have been so dignified last Friday – we would have been spared the sight of a very public rebellion by Labour MPs and elder statesmen. Only the previous evening Gordon had announced that, as the only progressive parties, his Labour party and the Lib Dems were entering formal talks to form a a progressive anti Tory coalition. Cue a stream of Labour cabinet members, with orders to toe the line, appearing on a round robin of TV interviews, claiming to be more in tune with the people and Lib Dems than the Conservatives ever could be. This farce continued on Tuesday morning as Labours negotiating team, led by unelected Lords Mandleson and Adonis, headed out of Downing Street to “negotiate” the demise of the Conservative party.

    My view that this was a cunning plan by the Labour spin doctors, Mandleson and Alastair Campbell, to force an unstable agreement between the Lib Dems and Conservatives was given credence by David Blunkett coming out to say “how can anyone trust the Lib Dems when they go round selling themselves like harlots”. Seeds of suspicion had already been sown into the media by Downing Street sources reporting that “secret” informal meetings had already been held. The media started running with the idea that the Lib Dems were holding an auction for their support.

    Doomed to failure

    First Adam Boulton, on Monday evening Sky News, challenged Alastair Campbell and Ben Bradshaw to justify how a coalition of losers could have credibility with the public. As Campbell and Bradshaw arrogantly held the line that the people had voted for a progressive coalition of the left, Adam expressed the frustrations of the nation telling Campbell not to tell him what he thinks and explaining that the numbers just did not add up. (replays of both encounters can be found on other blog sites and You Tube).
    Continuous claims that people voted for a hung parliament and a coalition clearly frustrated many other interviewers who, in my mind did an excellent job of asking the questions that many people wanted answered. If any Labour politician told me I voted for a coalition or hung parliament or against another party without even establishing how I voted, I am sure I would not have been as restrained as Adam Boulton.

    Second, the “principled” side of the Labour party started to surface during the course of Tuesday morning. Accepting that the majority of people did NOT vote for the Labour party, more and more of them were frightened that the public would punish the Labour party if they cobbled together a deal just to stitch up the Tories – especially when everyone else was talking about putting party politics aside to act in the national interest. This view was confirmed when, previously united, cabinet ministers broke ranks. Even the young socialist Twitterer that launched the Labour manifesto accepted Labour would be better of conceding defeat – the writing was on the wall.
    Third, by Tuesday lunch time, claims from the Labour negotiators that talks had been “positive and constructive” just didn’t have the same ring of truth as when uttered from the Conservatives the previous day. Especially when the word coming from those still holding the Labour party line was that any agreement would have to be within the framework of the Labour Party manifesto.

    Anyone who had actually listened to the policy differences during those famous Leader debates would have spotted that the Lib Dems already agreed with Conservative plans to do away with child trust funds for the rich and target tax credits to lower and modest income earners. Even a cursory comparison of the three parties policies shows more commonality between the Tories and Lib Dems than with labour.

    Finally, once the Lib Dems issued a statement that the Labour negotiators clearly had no intention of giving ground, only two options remained – a con/lib coalition or a confidence and supply arrangement to support a minority Conservative government.

    It seems that Labour thought they could trump the Conservatives by giving the Lib Dems their Holly Grail – political and electoral reform. Mandleson and Campbell were betting that if this wasn’t enough, they would have sown enough suspicion within the Conservative and Lib Dem ranks to make a full coalition impossible.

    Labours strategy of dictatorship and spin has failed. But why?

    It’s the economy, stupid – the current definition of national interest

    While the worlds media and the nation watched No. 10, Dave took the gamble that the Liberal Democrat Party would support, by at least two thirds, Nick Cleggs recommendation to enter a formal coalition government with the Conservatives. How could Dave confidently announce a full coalition Government and that Nick would be his Deputy Prime Minister?

    There are three reasons:
    1.The Labour hierarchy tried to play their hand in old school politics of spinning, negative claims about the others differences and clinging to their own party interest – they couldn’t even get their own people on side. They failed to really listen to what David and Nick said – and they failed to listen to the people.
    2.David Cameron was able to carry the Conservative dissenters with him to extend a genuine, open and comprehensive invitation to the Liberal Democrats to join the Government to work in the national interest. After all, this is what the Conservatives fought the election on – remember all those weird “we invite you to please join us…..” statements at Battersea Power Station at the launch of their manifesto?
    The Conservatives had already moved the political goal posts:
    – Labour can’t be blamed for not spotting it, they had already set their minds on attack. By the time they realised they needed to focus on positives, the damage was done and negativity too deeply routed to dig it out.
    – All the media wrote off the Big Society as a gimmick that wouldn’t resonate with “ordinary people”.
    They all missed two key features of these invitations:
    a. A Big Society already exists, hidden under the burden of state bureaucracy. Many of its successes previously stolen amid claims of being the result of Labours socialist and welfare dependant policies.
    b. They were addressed directly to the aspirations of the Liberal Democrats and all responsibility driven people. – too subtle to gain popular support or a reflection on our cynical view of politicians?
    3.Nick Clegg, and his senior team, know that, without taking this leap of faith, they are unlikely to get a better chance to have their voice heard. They campaigned for new politics, a new era or co-operation, consensus and fairer representation. To prove it works, they have to show that it works. There may still be people in the party with leftest tendencies, but they dropped “socialist” from the name many years ago (someone forgot to tell Lord Mansleson – Lord Adonis perhaps?)
    Just as the Conservatives have had to realign themselves to modern Britain, so too have the Liberals.
    Nick was able to tap into this populist feeling during the campaign but he recognised in his election night speech that a populist feeling, not reflected in votes, is not enough – people need to see it in action to believe it.
    It was inevitable that Cleggmania would not turn into change by itself, the cost of failure is too high. Nick had to persuade his party that they had to choose between a continuing fear of failure or a desire for success – to choose between Labour or the Conservatives. In the end they had a choice between obscurity amongst the old baaaahooo of Labours Westminster (with turmoil over over how English voters would be stitched up in favour of the rest of the Union) or get a strong voice in shaping our nations future.

    Symbol of change and hope

    The first picture of leaders from two different political parties sharing the step of No. 10 is a significant capture of how momentous this is.

    Even as Labour people like Peter Hain appear on TV to decry its chances of success, Caroline Flint describing it as “a shabby game of speed dating”, the new way of doing government in Britain represents this countries best chance to deal with difficult times.

    Where Gordon Brown failed to take people with him, these two men can succeed by leading with example and demonstrating the positive behaviour they want reflected across society.

    Of course there are difficulties ahead, and the media will do their best and worst to find problems to get a story. The opposition will continue to look for the negatives until they realise that progress is based on a positive attitude to seeking solutions rather than getting bogged down in problems.

    The minutia of the agreement, their policies and working relationships will be examined endlessly by commentators, hacks et al. But I am certain that everyone with the national interest truly at heart want to see this succeed. The public are fed up with politicians speaking with forked tongues, shouting each other down and feathering their own nest.

    The country demands that our leaders lead.

    There are problems and issues that they have been elected to deal with in our best interest:
    Let them be informed by considered public opinion which puts forward constructive answers, but allow them to make balanced decisions.
    It is our duty to hold them to account. The media will need to rethink their role – they have a duty, just like the official opposition, to examine the decisions made and inform about alternatives. We all need to view our country in a constructive manner – it is no longer enough to disagree for the sake of disagreement.

    There is also a consensus now that Government has a leading role, but not all the answers. With twice as many ears than mouths, we expect them to listen to us for answers:
    We expect them to ask, but we have a duty to volunteer answers instead of moaning on the sidelines.
    We expect them to create an atmosphere where ideas are welcomed, nurtured and encouraged. But we also expect them to speak out on fringe and extreme ideas that threaten civilised society and a sense of British identity.
    We expect them to move us forward for a common purpose. We have to play our part in defining the national interest so that never again we have to listen to politicians say “as a result of the election, the electorate said…..”. The politicians need to remember that people never speak with one voice and it is their duty to us to find out what we are really saying.

    Consensus and compromise IS possible if our elected servants ALWAYS remember that they “went into politics” for the right reasons – to serve their country, not just those that agree with them.

    I congratulate David and Nick, their Ministers, MPs and their parties, for having the courage to take the risk. I wish them all success in this brave new endeavour and look forward to May 2015 when I hope I will finally feel able to cast a vote for someone who truly represents a noble desire to serve a greater cause than their own.

    Starting as they mean to go on

    David Cameron: “This will succeed through its success”
    Nick Clegg: “We need to show the sceptics that this will go wrong, that they are wrong”

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