Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Question every LibDem candidate will now have to answer

The moment that LibDem Leader Sir Ming stood up to do a speech that involved rubbishing Cameron and setting tests for entry into a Brown-led coalition, their party candidates up and down the country must have groaned a collective groan.

And what they feared the most has finally popped into my inbox. The big question.

If the Conservatives and Labour both get, say, 300 seats each at the next election who would you use your vote to sustain in office - David Cameron or Gordon Brown?

That is what one resident of Norwich wanted to know tonight and I am sure it'll be what a lot of people want to know before they vote. I know that several LibDem PPCs read this site, maybe they'd like to be honest and give their answer now?

LibDems? Honest? Don't hold your breath ... but they can't avoid the question for very much longer!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't sustain either. Hate the Labour policies and the tories ones are only better because either they have stolen ours or don't have any.

If I had to chose because my life depended on it then I would have to decide on whos policies were the most liberal and democratic.

Antony said...

Ah but you couldn't avoid it. You could oppose all legislation but what about a vote of no-confidence ... or would the LibDems force Britain into a 1974 style second election?

Oh, and if you are looking for liberal and democratic policies I wouldn't both with the LibDems.

James said...

Firstly, a hung Parliament is highly unlikely to deliver a choice like that - most permutations are such that no party has a majority but only one is sufficiently close to getting one to be in any position to form a government.

But if you accept the premise, I think most Lib Dems would support talking first to the party which received most votes in the preceding election. The question the Conservatives have to decide is whether they would be willing to talk seriously or whether they would play political games and cause instability. A lot of your activists would have you play empty chair politics because they don't like the "Limp Dums" (or whatever their latest childish phrase is). What would you do, Antony?