Liberal Democrat Voice » Opinion: Ming must go

Liberal Democrat Voice » Opinion: Ming must go

I began to comment on this thread, and then thought my comments a little lengthy and put them here!

I think this whole leadership thing is a bit of a red herring just now. I publicly backed Huhne when the contest was held – and I gave my reasons at the time. But on the day Ming won out – probably because he was more well known among the rank and file. I pledged to respect that decision and I will. I do think Huhne’s day will come – for all the reasons you give in your article. But the idea that we should lynch our leader over the local results last week is preposterous. Nothing would give Labour and the Tories more pleasure.

Let’s put last week’s results into some kind of perspective. Overall, we slipped slightly – but still have many more councillors than the party of government, Labour. If you begin to study the results in some detail – you see that they are very inconsistent. In some areas, we have done exceptionally well – and in others, disappointingly badly. The truth is that those areas where we did well were those in which we fought better locally. And in some cases, we slipped up badly at the local level.

When I was canvassing on the doorstep, not once was Ming mentioned by any voter. Almost every question I was asked was about what we would do locally. Some Labour voters stayed at home because of dissatisfaction with Blair and his cronies, and the Tories are beginning to see a revival in their fortunes in some areas – but that’s about all we can conclude nationally.

To Lib Dems who had bad results in their areas last week, ask yourselves honestly what were the local factors. Ming was almost certainly not to blame!

2 thoughts on “Liberal Democrat Voice » Opinion: Ming must go”

  1. They didn’t mention Ming. Doesn’t that just answer the question about what went wrong?

    Labour are in decline because of, as you said, Blair.

    The Tories are reviving, as you said. The most prominent factor for the Tories is Cameron and his inclusive message.

    We went no-where and actually lost a tremendous amount of seats. No one is mentioning Ming.

    Could it be that we are becoming irrelevant?

  2. The country is fed up to the back teeth with Blair and New Labour, and they won’t feel much better either after the gloss wears off on the novelty of Brown being PM. I for one have stopped voting for Lib Dems because they are too ready to jump in bed with Labour. Look at the debacle in Wales, they could have made a difference but no their stubborness has left Labour holding the reins.

    What worries me is a hung parliament at the next general election and ending up with more of the same because the Lib Dems are willing to back them up. The voting public would rather David Cameron and his hair brained schemes than Gordon Brown who has ruined pensions, raised taxes and helped erode our civil liberties. The Liberal Democrats are acting like a party who is content to always be an also ran, why don’t they make it clear that they want to WIN at the next election not be a king maker.

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