The Illiberal Undemocrats
As Iain Duncan Smith asked: ‘How can you have a principled position to sit on a fence? You get splinters in your arse and then you get into trouble. They (Liberal Democrats) are in trouble right now and they should get off the fence.’
The Liberal Democrats are a misnomer, for there are concerned neither with individual liberty nor the power of the people. Most of them, or, to be precise, all bar the 13 who voted for a referendum, are the epitome of deception, duplicity and mendacity, and the embodiment of all that is corrupt and rotten in the state of Westminster.
The Liberal Democrats want to be everything to everyone - to the left of Labour for disillusioned Labour voters, and just enough to pose on the centre-right to attract disillusioned Conservatives. It is easy indeed to promise paradise on earth when you know there is no chance you will ever have to deliver.
Calamity Clegg has lived up to his name. His first great test, and it was a shambles of a performance. And now Cranmer awaits with bated breath to see if the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords will be consistent with the Commons and abstain. If they do, the Government will have to use the Parliament Act to force the Treatistution through. It is convention that the House of Lords does not stand in the way of manifesto commitments. Cranmer hopes that in this case the Lords will hold the Government to their manifesto commitment.