Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Quote of the Day


"I didn't vote Liberal Democrat
so they would end up in government."


LibDem voter quoted by Jon Sopel in this month's Total Politics

17 comments:

Man in a Shed said...

Sums the yellow ones up nicely.

Paul said...

I am a life long Labour supporter, who voted Liberal at the last election.

I voted for them so that they could be a couterbalance for whichever of the other 2 parties would form the government.

My hope was that if it was Labour they would constrain their habit of spend today, others pay tomorrow.

If it was Conservative I had hoped that they would ensure that any cuts that had to be made were made in a fair manner and spread over a number of years not in a mad dash.

But it seems I actually voted for was a bunch of Liberal Democrats who forgot what they said they stood for during the election in a grasp to get power.

Hell will freeze over before I vote LibDem again, as in my opinion they have proven themselves to not be a third choice, instead they area bunch of chancers who now seem to have fewer morals than either of the other 2 parties.

Jabba the Cat said...

A LibDim who favours perpetual political welfare in the Westminster village?

Obviously the reality of actually dealing with real problems, in the real world, does not suit this individual.

It does make the choice of yellow as the LibDim party colour particularly appropriate.

Big Blinding Blogger said...

A marriage that is straight or gay. Small business partnerships or even comedy acts like Morecombe & Wise are similar to coalitions. The polls almost confirmed it would happen. If it works we will all be surprised. Being on the blue side I think Cameron will succeed. Watch this space.

Ken Perham Big Blinding Blogger

Big Blinding Blogger said...

A marriage that is straight or gay. Small business partnerships or even comedy acts like Morecombe & Wise are similar to coalitions. The polls almost confirmed it would happen. If it works we will all be surprised. Being on the blue side I think Cameron will succeed. Watch this space.

Ken Perham Big Blinding Blogger

Big Blinding Blogger said...

A marriage that is straight or gay. Small business partnerships or even comedy acts like Morecombe & Wise are similar to coalitions. The polls almost confirmed it would happen. If it works we will all be surprised. Being on the blue side I think Cameron will succeed. Watch this space.

Ken Perham Big Blinding Blogger

davidmorris said...

I agree that on some level, this particular quote doesn't make any sense.

However, in my constituency (Haltemprice & Howden), I had a problem. I didn't think Nick Clegg was the best choice for Prime Minister, but I felt that the Lib Dem candidate was better than David Davis.

I ended up voting for the Liberal Democrats because you elect an MP for your area in a General Election, but was hoping that there'd be a hung parliament, which would mean I'd get my preferred choice of Prime Minister - David Cameron.

I ended up getting the PM that I wanted, but because of the very blue nature of Haltemprice & Howden, I didn't get the MP that I wanted.

Of course - things might be different at the next general election. The Lib Dem candidate could change, David Davis could improve, government performance could go down. Manifestos could be better or worse too.

I am not a member of any political party and will only vote for the best.

JuliaM said...

Quote of rhe day? Quote of the decade!

Dick the Prick said...

That's fantastically lovervely. Brilliant quote. Cheers Iain.

Blackacre said...

That is so sad. I have voted LibDem for years in the hope that they would end up in government - what is the point otherwise?

Unsworth said...

@ Paul

"they area bunch of chancers who now seem to have fewer morals than either of the other 2 parties."

Must be quite difficult to do that...

Libertarian said...

Sorry Iain but you seem to have a problem with this statement. No one in the UK votes for a government, PM or the executive. We get one vote for a parliamentary MP that is it. I vote for a local guy to represent me he does NOT stand for the party I would like to be in government.

Of course the other smartarse answer is that none of us have a vote on the true government, the EU.

The only person in the UK that gets to choose the government is HM Queen

Daveyone said...

I wrote a blog before the election suggesting that the Lib-Dems should disband and members should pin their allegences to the main party their conscience allows and perhaps we would have a more defined politic in this country!
Once the coalition was formed I had hoped right minded Lib's would come to the fore like Cable,Hemming and Featherstone

The Military Wing Of The BBC said...

Anyone else notice the BBC sliping in the "Conservative" prefix ahead of their reporting of the US elections in an attempt to throw mud by association?
As in the "Conservative Tea Party"

As a supporter of the radical tea party I would like to complain about this. The Conservative party in the UK is more wishy-washy than the last lot. There is nothing, and I mean nothing right of centre about it.

trevorsden said...

This indeed sums up many LDs voters and why the fall off in poll numbers is to be expected. There is an important rump left though and no reason to suppose that they will not return the same numbers of LD MPs - assuming economic stability and growth 5 years down the line..

Paul --- you cannot blame other people for your own stupidity. Spending is being constrained as you say you hoped but now you do not like it. Right wing Tories DO feel constrained. £3 out of every £4 of coalition cuts were proposed by Labour (they just would not say where). Nope - Your reasons are painfully thin.

Mark Taylor said...

Sounds like a good line in support of a new voting system to me.

Chas said...

This is incredibly telling. I suspect that many, if not the majority of LibDem voters, simply want to register a complaint, not cast a vote at the election. And essentially the sam mentality applies to most of their MPs, which is why they are so unhappy at being in government. The last thing they want is responsibility, they simply wish to stand in the wings, carping.