Friday, May 14, 2010
The Weeks The LibDems Proved They Are Not a Pressure Group
Someone on Twitter has helpfully reminded me of what I said at the Oxford Literary Festival in April 2009 about the possibility of a Con-Lib coalition. Watching it again, I am astonished at my prescience! And Ed Vaizey's! Watch from 2.30 to 4.00.
There's a line in the answer I gave there that I have often, and has really riled LibDems. I said that after the election they would have to decided whether they were a pressure group, content to snipe from the sidelines, or a political party, which wamted to wield power and change things. Well, let me say this.
This week the Liberal Democrats answered that question. They stepped up to the mantle and came of age as a political party.