Posts Tagged ‘Vince Cable’

DE STORA FÖRLORARNA i det brittiska valet blev Liberaldemokraterna. De förlorade både i lokal- och regionalvalen och i folkomröstningen. Och nu kommer anklagelserna mot David Cameron och de konservativa.

”Some of us never had many illusions about the Conservatives, but they have emerged as ruthless, calculating and thoroughly tribal”, sade business secretary Vince Cable.

Ross Hawkins, politisk korrespondent på BBC News, sammanfattar hur eftersnacket och de olika lägrens spin kommer att låta.

Many Lib Dems will attribute the outcome to David Cameron who they say campaigned hard for a No vote despite agreeing not to take a leading role. 

As early as February the prime minister had no qualms about reminding people Nick Clegg had once called the alternative vote a ”miserable little compromise”. 


Despite all this, millions of people voted and even in areas where no other elections were taking place, like London, the turnout was comparable to that seen at local elections. 

Those who favoured the Yes campaign will argue they were defeated by the prime minister’s campaigning power, a largely hostile press and a tough opposing campaign. 

They will also wonder whether people who voted against the Lib Dems in the elections might have been keen to oppose Nick Clegg’s favoured electoral system at the referendum. 

Those who backed a No vote will say they won the argument for the merits of the status quo, and persuaded people the alternative vote was complex and unnecessary.

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KAMPANJ: Det tog de mindre partierna i Alliansen över fyra år att inse att man inte bara kan sitta still i regeringsbåten om man vill vinna väljarnas förtroende.

Och trots urusla valresultat och opinionssiffror är det svårt att se att Folkpartiet, Centerpartiet och Kristdemokraterna försöker göra så mycket åt situationen.

Partierna befinner sig fortfarande i medieskugga i förhållande till Moderaterna.

I Storbritannien (som hade nationella val 2010) är det tvärt om. Liberaldemokraterna har insett att man riskerar att tyna bort i sin koalitionen med det dominerande Torypartiet.

Och i maj skall man folkomrösta om ett reformerat valsystem. En folkomröstning där Liberal Democrats och Conservative stödjer motsatta kampanjorganisationer.

James Forsyth i The Spectator rapporterar;

In the past few weeks, in particular, the Lib Dems have been making a nuisance of themselves. The Tories have had to read the newspapers to find out what arguments they’re having with their Lib Dem colleagues. As one complains, ‘Vince Cable is just orchestrating fake rows to try to make himself look good.’

There is logic behind this aggression. The Lib Dems are worried that their identity is being lost in the coalition — and are picking fights in the hope of standing out. Before the elections on 5 May, they want to remind the public that they are a distinctive party.

The Lib Dems have also been antagonised by the way David Cameron and the Conservative machine are raising money for the No campaign — which is then spending it on attacking Nick Clegg. In private, Liberal Democrats complain that their leader is being ‘swiftboated’ — a reference to the run-up to the 2004 US presidential elections, when John Kerry’s war record was trashed by American campaign groups separately funded by Republicans. The Tories, some Lib Dems suspect, are fighting an anti-Clegg campaign by proxy.

This resentment is heightened by the fact Clegg is being attacked by the No campaign for breaking his promises on tuition fees when he did so for the sake of the coalition. To some, this is a sign of rank betrayal — and proof that the Lib Dems need to take off their sandals and put on hobnail boots. They say that the party can no longer rely on the Tories’ to give them their share of the credit. Instead, they need to seize it wherever they can.

Dessutom står regeringen inför en stor omorganisering – och troliga besparingar – i hela hälso- och sjukvårdssystemet NHS.

The wild card is what the Liberal Democrats do next. Given that a U-turn looks likely, the Lib Dems could do great damage by taking credit for killing off the policy. They might well boast that they have stopped the Tories from hurting the NHS — thereby reviving the old fears about the Tories’ motives when it comes to the health service, and reinforcing their credentials as the good guys who stop the nasty Tories from doing bad things.

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