Labour seem to have reached for tactical voting as the latest apparent solution to their plight. They argue that there is an "anti Conservative majority" in this country and that people should bote tactically to keep Tories out in Labour-Tory marginals. The cheeky buggers then try to avoid the question of what Labour voters should do in LibDem-Tory marginals.
Of course they are right. There is an anti Conservative majority. But they don't seem to grasp that there is an even bigger "anti Labour majority". Hypocrites. In none of the last three elections have the Conservatives ever tried to encourage their supporters to vote tactically to defeat Labour. At least one party sticks to its principles.
I love the fact that Paddy Ashdown has called Labour's call for tactical voting "patronising" on the Today Programme. The LibDems made exactly the same call in 1997, 2001 and 2005.
Naturally the media is all over the story, with the BBC almost salivating. The BBC should be very careful. It is fine to report the story, but it is not OK to promote the concept of tactical voting. The Today Programme devoted no fewer than four segments of its last hour to the issue.