Sunday, 9 May 2010

I've Got 99 Problems But Trying To Form A Government Ain't One

This really is only a short post but I have to put it up here because I can't reduce it to 140 characters and stick it on Twitter.
So we still have no Government (although things seem to be ok without them, maybe we should carry on) and the parties still seem to be negotiating and offering things to each other. My question is this, is this the worst of all possible outcomes for the LibDems?
They have 3 options,

1, Join (formally or informally) with the Tories.

This will piss off most of their party members because they will be giving power to a Right-Wing party that sits in Europe with people that Nick Clegg described as “Nutters”.
It will piss off everyone who voted for them because they didn't want the Tories in but could no longer vote Labour.
This will also loose them their support with the Left leaning press.

2, Join (formally or informally) with Labour plus the other little parties.

This will piss off most of their party members because they voted to get rid of Gordon Brown and the Civil Liberty abusing Labour Government.
It will loose them any floating Tory-lite voters who, for whatever reason, decided to vote LibDem this time.
This won't really effect their coverage in the Right-wing press because they already hate them for being reasonable in the first place.

3, Pull out of all negotiations.

This will impress no one, well maybe only really hardcore party members (can you have hardcore LibDems?), it will piss of Labour and Tory supporters who will describe the LibDems as irresponsible for not helping to form a Government.
This will probably loose them all sides of the press.

Whichever way they move it will loose them support in the press and, probably, voters. This situation is fantastic for the 2 biggest parties as there is the distinct possibility this will crush the LibDems.
I do not envy Nick Clegg at this moment in time.


  1. Shrewd reading of Clegg's dilemma.But ultimately he is a politician and if he thinks he can secure enough "Tory promises" he will press ahead and assume he can win over people longer term. And he wants power (as they all do, that's why they are where they are), however slight.

  2. It is the case, more often than not, that when you think you're the key to everything you actually find it's because you're under the doormat.