I wish I had more time now, but I have to go and record my weekly joust with Simon Heffer. However, do check back later when I will be sharing with you a leaked powerpoint presentation at a LibDem Shadow Cabinet Away Day from March 2007. It is, shall we say, rather revealing. For all their talk of being not interested in coalitions, this document rather blows the lid off that kind of posturing. I leave you with this slide (above) which shows that LibDem voters prefer the thought of a coalition with Gordon Brown than David Cameron. However, the poll was taken before Brown came to power in early 2007. I wonder what the result would be now....
Interesting also, that the slide was produced by Henley Management College, the venue for the away day. Again, more on that later.
Thatcher was as usual right about the LibDhimms: a vote for them is a vote for Labour.
The powerpoint presentation certainly makes interesting reading. Page 46 shows the LibDems in their usual colours where it states that their manifesto "needs to be laced with poisoned pills."
Did you really think the Lib Dems' not wanting to discuss coalitions publically (sound politics) meant they weren't thinking about it privately? Quite sweet really.
Quite what this has to do with anything is beyond me; what it says about the Lib Dems even more so. So a year ago Lib Dem voters preferred a Brown Government to a Cameron Government. Your point is?
For all I know, today Lib Dem voters today may prefer a Cameron government. Surely the most important point is that they prefer a Lib Dem government to either.
Iain, I appreciate the pressures of trying to keep up a blog with a number of postings every day, but you really must do better than this. Three out of Ten.
"powerpoint presentation at a LibDem Shadow Cabinet Away Day"
In nine words you have described Hell.
Martin said"Surely the most important point is that they prefer a Lib Dem government to either."
if you look at what the LibDems do (as oppose to say) and their choice of Leader, they do not want to be in power.
If they wanted to be in power, they would attack Labour. But they spend more time attacking the Conservatives or not voting or marching out of the HOC.
These are antics of protest.. not a party trying to win power.
It just proves that a high majority of Lib Dem voters are closet socialists unable to hide their true colours.
On May 1st most will not be able to bring themselves to vote second pref for Boris.It is against their natural instinct
Scully - where's page 46? This is just an image of a slide? Where is the full document?
The Lib Dems would do better thinking about atacking Labour and going after their traditional voters. With the Conservatives doing very well and the SNP on the rise, the Lib Dems should be inspired to hit and squeeze Labour where it hurts and forget about coalition.
Too many people think that the LibDems are an innocuous, kind hearted centre party that is a safe choice for floaters.
None of it is true and they are probably more left wing than labour.
My first vote was Liberal. My father said I had wasted my vote and he was dead right.
I suspect many Ld's wont want to "get into bed" with either party.
I hope that a hung parliament leads to a minority government. Hopefully it would create constructive discussion.
A minority situation might lead to David showing off the liberal part of his "liberal-conservative" credentials. I wonder how that would make any Conservative eurosceptics (if there are any?) feel?
Martin, 5:39, is too clever (or naive) by half. Surely he is aware that there is some considerable possibility of a hung parliament after the next General Election.
In that eventuality, as a former LibDem voter, I would want assurance that the LibDems would not prop up a bankrupt Labour Party for a further five years of disaster for this country. The Pontius Pilate act (pretence that this issue is irrelevant) is a clear indication that the only way to ensure Brown's removal is to vote Conservative.
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