“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “The Lib Dems.”

by Stephen Tall on February 4, 2015

total politicsThat’s how my latest ‘Underdog’ column in the paperless Total Politics magazine begins, as a way in to discuss the real worry for the Lib Dems right now: that we’re seen as irrelevant.

Here’s an excerpt:

Viewed with gold-tinted spectacles through a half-full glass, Lib Dems hope to retain up to 40 of their current 57 MPs in May. Such an expectations-confounding result would likely give Clegg the option of continuing as party leader — and, if there’s another hung parliament, perhaps being able to sell a second coalition to a party which looks wearily dubious at the prospect of a second five years being everyone’s punchbag.

Getting there, though, will require more than just reliance on fighting 57 by-elections. There will also need to be a recovery in the Lib Dems’ national popularity.

You can read my column in full here.

And, if that’s not enough, you can read my The Collected Total Politics ‘The Underdog’ columns (2014) here. I know, I spoil you.

 

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