Wednesday, 5 January 2011


So Lib Dem support is down to 11 per cent. That's what you get from going into coalition with a 'marmite' party which divides people between slavish loyalty and outright hatred. I know what my view is...That's also what you get when you start to do stuff in government, rather than spending 90 years carping on the sidelines.

This rating is apparently the lowest it has ever been for the LDs but my mildly ossifying brain can recall a rating back in the bad old days of the 1980s of just 2% - surely the political equivalent of flatlining. This is the reason many of us still idolise St Paddy, because he was the one to pick us up out of the gutter we had been wrestled into by the execrable and utterly selfish David Owen (pauses to spit on the ground) and set us off on the long path to where we are now.

If you are in your 20s, ambitious and zealous about Lib Demmery, don't lose heart. In politics a long view can be very reassuring. There's a by-election next week, which is our game on our terms.

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