Thursday, 24 September 2009

LibDems succeed in remaining bland

In a triumph of political conference organisation, the LibDems have succeeded in not changing the public perception of their party by one iota. The public's view of the party remains vague - a sort of slightly leftish, greenish collection of village-dwelling middle classes and lecturers at former polytechnics, wearers of natural fabrics and clients of the weekly Veg Box companies; a comfortable, inoffensive, sensible, cardigan-wearing sort of party with flat heels. The LibDems allow voters to be involved in politics without being, well, Political.

Yet this something-for-everyone party goes into the election with the very real prospect of being the largest party in opposition, displacing Labour and taking pole position opposite the Treasury benches. It's possible that Clegg will enjoy the grasp of the dispatch box as he quizzes Cameron at PM's questions whilst the next Labour leader struggles to make themselves noticed from a distant seat halfway to the door.

For the next election will throw all the old certainties into the air and no one knows where they will land.


Mac the Knife said...

"...whilst the next Labour leader struggles to make themselves noticed from a distant seat halfway to the door."

No, no. Stop it. There's a limit to how much pleasure one old goat can take...

Weekend Yachtsman said...

You are too optimistic.

Again I counsel against premature celebration.

Do not underestimate the power of Mandelbum, assisted by all the patronage attached to the PM's office, most of the media including - crucially - the bbc, and much of the political class.

The election is not in the bag by any stretch of the imagination. A few more good headlines about economic recovery, some strategic surrenders to keep the public sector unions quiet, a period of silence from the EU so as not to rock any boats (this last has already started - did you notice?), and Broon could be in with a shout.

Cameron needs a much much larger and more solid lead before any complacency is to be risked.

Demetrius said...

At least St. Vincent of Twickenham has let the cat out of the bag on the issue of Property Tax, which is given extended treatment on my item of 24 Sept, Thursday. It is a big one out there waiting for us all.

Bill Quango MP said...

Overestimating the libbers I fear. They have had plenty of time and opportunity to formulate a strategy for becoming the second largest party. Instead they fret about not being able to maintain third party status and have resorted to core vote appeals.
Their chance to gain is fading quite rapidly. A half decent performance from Sarah Brown next week and that's another two % points lost for Clegg's team.

Budgie said...

LibDums: the party that wants Britain prostrate before the EU. And as others say, Liebore has so much power of patronage, and power of the media (BBC) on its side.