Square pegs and round holes

Of course I’m referring to David Cameron’s incredible pitch for Lib Dems to join the Tory Party because (cough) “we’re liberals now”.

It absolutely beggars belief. Either:

  1. David Cameron will say anything to gain support. He doesn’t mean it, of course, but by the time he gets elected it will be too late.
  2. David Cameron really has seen the light and want’s to move his party in a more liberal direction.

If 1. it will take your average Liberal about a nanosecond to see through it. Wasn’t it only six months ago the hoardings carried those nasty posters about immigration?

If 2. all the nasty, xenophobic, eurosceptic, Monday Club, right wing Tories will have to leave and start their own party.

Either way, Lib Dems and Tories have never belonged in the same party since those parties were first conceived. It’s going to make more than smooth talking from smarmy David to make them fit together now.

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  1. Both the Conservative Party and the Libdems are coalitions. The Conservatives around capitalism, the Libdems around civil liberties.

    Both have a socially-liberal
    capitalist-friendly, tough-but-fair-on-crime wings that believe in civil liberties and which is kind. As an example, think of Alan Duncan (Conservative) and David Laws (Libdem).

    Cameron doesn’t need to win over Libdem MPs or activiists. He just needs to win over voters in the Libdem/Conservative marginals. He’s painting himself as a Liberal Democrat but without the tax rises and Pro-EU Pro-Euro fanaticism.

    He can afford to alienate the Christian Authoritarian bigots, i.e. the traditional home-counties Tories. Outside European elections, they’ve nowhere else to go.

    Cameron’s only in trouble when he strays into economically left-wing territory (Bob Geldof’s likely suggestion of protectionism and increased paternalistic meddling overseas, Zac Goldsmiths anti-Globalisation anti-road-building policies). The suggestion he’ll stand up to big business. The Letwin comments on redistribution of wealth. The criticism of WH Smith’s decision to sell chocolate oranges. The decision to rule of challenging the monolithic NHS.

    Cameron can blaze a trail, gathering momentum, and then slowly over the next four years, back-pedal over the anti-Capitalist elements, hiding behind some more policy reviews. As long as he stays Eurosceptic, he can easily get away with social liberalism that will put him firmly in to territory shared with the right-wing of the Liberal Democrats.

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