Are The Lib Dems Paying The Hidden Price Of Coalition Government
A sort of strange calm has settled over the political world since the General Election, most governments have a honeymoon period when they first get power, but it is very quiet and peaceful compared to the last 3 years.
This time last year there was non stop news stories with the death throes of the Labour Government, the start of the exposure of the great Global Warming swindle and more doom and gloom as the curse of Jonah Brown caused misery and destruction where ever the Prime Mentalist went.
The most curious aspect of the Coalition Government is the continuing decline of Lib Dem fortunes while both the Conservatives and Labour are up in the polls.
The impression is that every time the Government does something unpopular the Lib Dems pay the price in the opinion polls and the Conservatives rise in popularity continues, the best case in point is the increase in VAT to 20%. The rise was widely predicted, most people realised that as a result of Labours scorched earth policy and deliberate attempt to screw things up for the incoming government some sort of tax increase was inevitable, yet the Lib Dems have taken the blame for it.
At this rate Coalition Government could prove very popular with the 2 main political parties as the minority partner in the government is now the public’s whipping boy, just imagine if Brown had had, a little Nicky Clegg to be his fall guy. As Gordon Brown lied, threatened and bullied his way through government the 10p Tax screw up, lying to Chilcot, Bigot Gate all would have seen Clegg and the Lib Dems poll ratings dropping faster than the proverbial stone.
The whole Coalition Government thing is a new experience, outside of war time for this country, so it’s going to be a learning experience for all concerned; the only forseeable problem for Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems is that learning that lesson could prove ultimately fateful for the party.