C’m on, folks, make your minds up. Is the lesser political party in a coalition responsible or not for the actions of the whole? Helpful hint: We need a YES or a NO here.
Yet Labour activists in Suffolk have difficulty with this one.
When it comes to decisions made at Suffolk County Council, pre-2005 (a Labour/Lib Dem coalition for those who do not suffer from political amnesia) they remember it as if these were their decisions – and theirs alone. As in:
“Labour left an exemplary council in 2005, since then this morally bankrupt group of Conservatives have done their best to run Suffolk services into the ground.”
Julian Swainson 2 Feb, “Don’t Privatise Suffolk Services” Facebook group
Yet suddenly, when it’s politically expedient, when it’s a NATIONAL coalition (in which it’s clear that the Lib Dems take a small – but ameliorating – role in sorting out the financial debacle of the previous Labour administration) then suddenly all we hear from Labour is that the resultant problems are all the Lib Dems’ fault.
Yes – right. And I’m the Akond of Swat.
Do you know, a prominent Suffolk Labour councillor had the crust to say to me the other day: ” I don’t know how a moral person could be a Lib Dem.” (Brave fellow, eh? Luckily for him he didn’t know I go to boxing classes. My strength is as the strength of ten because my heart is pure..)
And yet he was totally flabbergasted when I replied:
“Torture, rendition, war crimes, denial of democracy, total failure to support public transport and social housing in times of plenty, privatisation of the NHS by the back door, destruction of our finances by cosying up to, and deregulating the banks, threatening to cut ‘worse than Margaret Thatcher’ when in power and then total amnesia afterwards.. Me, I wonder how any moral person could ever have stayed with your morally bankrupt party!”
It’s like he was believing his own spin!
Come on, guys – don’t be such hypocrites. Be grateful that at local AND national level there is the quiet voice of common sense to ameliorate the extravagant amnesia of right and left alike.
At the moment we Lib Dems are providing the only practical and vocal opposition to the excesses of Suffolk’s Tory administration, and their bureaucrats’ heaven, the NSD. United we jolly well ought to stand. Divided, I’m happy to point out your deficiencies.