Everybody loves us Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on September 11, 2010

I blame the Tories. Ever since David Cameron became their leader, he’s been determined to ‘love-bomb’ the Lib Dems. Love-bombing is the ingenious tactic by which other parties claim to believe in enough Lib Dem policies without, y’know, actually being Lib Dems.

Labour leadership hopeful Ed Miliband was at it last month. Then earlier this week the Greens’ Caroline Lucas made her pitch.

And now it’s the turn of the continuing Liberal Party:

We appreciate over the last few weeks many LibDem Councillors and members have become increasingly uneasy about the coalition government.

The fact that LibDem MP’s will be whipped into voting for measures you, and they, campaigned against at the last election and which run contrary to long held beliefs and principles must be a source of deep concern and frustration. For example LibDem MP’s will be corralled into voting for imposed elected mayors, increases in VAT with its disproportionate impact on the low paid, replacement and immediate and drastic public spending cuts – when before the election a “soft landing” was advocated

Many regret that the Lib Dems will be muted campaigning against the replacement of Trident and for the redistribution of wealth by progressive taxation

We appreciate that the Labour Party is making overtures to many LibDem councillors. Let us not forget whose financially reckless policies got us into this crisis in the first place, and whose authoritarian, ‘big state’ approach any liberal-minded individual would be glad to see the back of.

We would wish to let you know that the Liberal Party would welcome any enquires from concerned Liberal Democrats. We believe we are the most appropriate home for anyone from our liberal tradition

As the public sector cutbacks and tax increases are felt by your constituents, we will be campaigning against excessive cutbacks.

With us you can remain true to your Liberal beliefs, principles and traditions and continue to represent the needs of your constituents

Please feel welcome to contact us – all enquiries will be treated in the utmost confidentiality

Cllr Steve Radford
Leader Liverpool Liberal Party Group

Cllr John Clark
Leader Ryedale Liberal Party Group

Cllr Adrian Miners
Leader Peterborough Liberal Party Group

And indeed there’s much in the Liberal Party programme which Lib Dems would happily endorse (though not perhaps their opposition to the EU). Still, I suspect their entreaties won’t be keeping Nick Clegg awake at night.

Anyway it’s nice to be popular, wooed by so many rival parties. Alas for them their success seems to be limited.

As Baroness (Ros) Scott noted when announcing she was stepping down as Lib Dem President, party membership is higher today than it has been for many years: at least 4,500 new members have joined the party in the last four months. Why? Because they are attracted by the fact that liberal and Lib Dem policies are being implemented in government for the first time in decades.