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.