Saturday 9 May 2015
General Election 2015 Reaction #1
Mostly just ugh.
More informatively though: I guess 5 years of weak opposition, followed by announcing 'hey, you could vote for us' a few weeks before polling stations open maybe isn't the most winningest of strategies.
Liberal Democrats have obviously spent 5 years being no opposition at all. No opposition to the, frankly, daft and downright irresponsible austerity push circa 2010 – 2012; Osborne's big plan to magic away the deficit in double quick time by... oh... making the UK a smaller economy, less able to pay down the deficit. Nor the later pot-pourri of economic incoherence after the plan had to be abandoned.
And Labour, despite actually being easily the most economically literate of the three big parties, have been pathetic in opposition. No doubt nursing an open wound that left them vulnerable in attack after the UK was sucked into the 2007 US sub-prime crisis on their watch. Perhaps if the Lib Dems had cared a little more about veracity, the level of debate could have risen above kicking Labour while they were down, and we'd all be better off for it – but instead they were only too happy to join in. With friends like those, who needs enemies... though of course we just got to see what that particular piece of opportunism ultimately ended up doing for the Lib Dem party.