|What Price Power?|
Bizarrely even though any sane person can see the wheels have come off this Tory economy the Liberal Democrats are still pinning their hopes on Osborne's economic "recovery" when if this parliament goes its full term then they only have a little over three years to achieve this and it is obvious now that this is just not going to happen, so this brings me to the original question where to for the Liberal Democrats after the next election? The best that they can hope for is that the Tories win but do not get an overall majority so they can carry on playing their fake make-believe role in government at an even smaller insignificant level, however, as there undoubtedly will be a Liberal Democrat cull of seats and that coupled with boundary changes will render the Liberal Democrats in a very weak bargaining position. After the next general election they could end up with as few as 12 MPs, it will not matter for Clegg as he will lose his seat no matter what and the chances are he has already been offered a role in Brussels, so he wont care what happens to the Liberal Democrat party he is now leading into total oblivion.
The Liberal Democrats have just 3 years and 8 months before the next general election and time is now starting to run out, even for this "Tory" government who had hoped to fleece people and then bribe them with their own money in the form of tax cuts to try and buy their way into power again. Their plan is already going pear shaped so where does this leave the Liberal Democrats? A rump of approximately 12 ineffectual MPs after the next election? The writing is on the wall and it is written in huge lettering, yet still the Liberal Democrats are either refusing to read it or are just totally and utterly in denial.
When they are out of government how will the the Liberal Democrats oppose the Conservative policies that they themselves helped bring in? There is no way they can ever hope to form a government, they even lost MPs at the last election at the peak of their support.
How will they be able to oppose a Labour government who will be trying to sort out homelessness, fuel poverty, child and pensioner poverty, people being forced to go to food banks to feed their families? Rising crime? Weakened defence? Soaring unemployment? A shattered economy? Disabled people terrified of the Tories and Liberal Democrats? The destruction of people's human and working rights? This and so much more, but how will they oppose a future Labour government who will have the unenviable task of trying to piece back together the fragmented shattered NHS? The NHS that they, the Liberal Democrats will have had a huge hand in actually destroying? How will they oppose rising waiting lists for operations and failing health care across this country when it was their fault this ever happened in the first place?
The reality is that the Liberal Democrats will be unable to oppose anything any government does because they have sold off their core beliefs and helped a draconian Tory government apply Dickensian policies which are not working and haven't got a cat in hell's chance of working and yet they still do not get the position they have pushed themselves into and this is why I believe the Liberal Democrats will cease to be a party of any significance after the next election!
The Liberal Democrats are all but finished now - bar the shouting.