The massacre of the Liberal Democrats: you reap what you sow
Unlike Archbishop Rowan, His Grace does not feel ‘uncomfortable’ with the midnight massacre of LibDems, not least because they were (unlike bin Laden) armed to the teeth with explosive flyers, incendiary pamphlets and poisonous propaganda about the infinite merits AV. Yes, these mercenaries thoroughly deserved to die, every single one of them. And His Grace unashamedly rejoices in their passing into political purgatory.
You may feel sorry for Nick Clegg; you may sympathise with hundreds of newly-unemployed councillors. But you reap what you sow. And the LibDems have been sowing an awful lot of parasitic weeds in an awful lot of fertile fields for an awfully long time. It really is no surprise that the gardener has decided on mass extermination: hacking, uprooting, pouring out gallons of Weedol and liberally (and democratically) spraying the flame-thrower – whatever it takes to rid the land of the bindweed pestilence.
You can’t expect to remain a credible political force when you say one thing in England, another in Scotland and yet another in Wales. You don’t earn respect by promising one thing in opposition only to pursue the contrary when in power. You don’t merit sympathy when your entire electoral strategy is constructed on lies, negativity and dirty tricks. Certainly, these are pressing issues for all political parties. But they constitute the foundation, chief cornerstone and entire edifice of the Liberal Democrat construct. His Grace has said it before, but it cannot be repeated too often: the Liberal Democrats are no longer concerned with either liberalism or democracy: they are authoritarian, controlling and fundamentally illiberal. The British people do not like being lied to or deceived, and neither do they appreciate duplicity or betrayal of principle. With Conservative gains and a referendum win for David Cameron, it would appear that the electorate appreciates clarity, stability, honesty and authenticity.