Beware Another Lib Lab Pact Like Steel And Callaghan

St Vince of Fable. Patron saint of flip floppers

There were some curious goings on yesterday with Lord Adonis virtually begging for Lib Dem voters to vote Labour. Then before the day was out Gordon Brown and Mandelson were both saying the same thing, any thing to keep those nasty baby eating Tories out of No 10.

Little Nicky Clegg was on the face of it playing hard to get, and protesting a bit too much about any possible pacts.

Meanwhile the sainted Vince Cable was proving one of Adonis’s statements about the similarity between Labour and the Lib Dems by attacking city business men that support George Osborne’s proposals to cut Brown’s Tax on Jobs. Fable Cable thinks that these business leaders are “nauseating” and his ally Gordon Brown thinks they are stupid.

One desperate to hang on to power and the other a member of a party that have not been elected to Government in living memory.

History has a nasty nack of repeating itself, there was a time, 1977, when the Lib Dems then called the Liberal Party formed a pact to keep another Labour regime long past it’s sell by date in power. A Labour government bailed out by the IMF and the economy in ruins.

Joint statement issued by Prime Minister Callaghan and David Steel on the aims of the Lib-Lab pact issued 23rd March 1977.

We agreed today the basis on which the Liberal Party would work with the Government in the pursuit of economic recovery.

The existence of this committee will not commit the Government to accepting the views of the Liberal Party, or the Liberal Party to supporting the Government on any issue.

Dont let the last sentence fool you, let the horse trading begin:

We agree that progress must be made on legislation for devolution and to this end consultations will begin on the detailed memorandum submitted by the Liberal Party today

We agree that progress must be made on legislation for devolution and to this end consultations will begin on the detailed memorandum submitted by the Liberal Party today

We agree that the Government will provide the extra time necessary to secure the passage of the Housing (Homeless Persons) Bill and that the Local Authorities (Works) Bill will now be confined to provisions to protect the existing activities of direct labour organizations in the light of local government reorganization. Source Liberal Democrat History Group

In 1977 the Labour government the Liberals propped up had no more than 2 years to run, this time much more is at stake, a further 5 years of Gordon Brown and Labour.

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Posted on April 10, 2010, in General Election, Labour, Lib Dem and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. OMG . . .reading this is making me faint. Must dash and RT! Bravo friend.

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