Thinking of voting Liberal Democrat? Think again – for all our sakes

You may be getting tired of this image, but it adequately describes the Liberal Democrat offer to the electorate.

The Liberal Democrats are apparently enjoying a surge in support in marginal London constituencies – why? In office, they were a disaster for the UK.

Do people really have such short memories that they have forgotten the legacy of the Coalition government? Liberal Democrats helped ruin the UK – especially for young voters such as those who are being targeted by the party now.

As Rhiannon Lucy Coslett points out in The Guardian, the very first thing the Liberal Democrats did in government was renege on their election promises.

Where they had promised to abolish tuition fees, they tripled those fees instead. Current Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson gleefully supported this policy.

The Liberal Democrats also supported the Tory imposition of austerity on people whose income fell below a certain level. Young people most of all.

For further details of Ms Swinson’s “record of shame”, see:

Result: “Now, there are homeless people everywhere, food bank use has skyrocketed, the housing crisis has worsened, the right is now the far right, zero-hours contracts are common, and just over half the country [actually just over half those who voted] has voted to take away its citizens’ ability to live and work in 27 European countries.

“Racism has become normalised. An MP has been murdered, many others threatened and harassed. Disabled people, migrants and black British citizens face a hostile environment.”

These are consequences of Liberal Democrats in government, made possible by people voting for the Liberal Democrats.

Now, the Lib Dems are promising to revoke Article 50 and put a stop to Brexit. They know they will never take enough Parliamentary seats to make this possible.

But they also know that it will take votes away from Labour – online tactical voting tools are advising people to vote Lib Dem in marginals where Labour has the only candidate that could beat the Conservative, according to the 2017 results.

This means that, in many constituencies, a vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for a Conservative government.

And we can see that the Lib Dems would support the Tories more than Labour. Jo Swinson loathes Jeremy Corbyn, even though – as Ms Coslett notes – Labour is offering what the Liberal Democrats said they wanted: a second referendum. She adds:

“Her party is not focused on reversing generational injustice; on the contrary, it has enabled it. The Lib Dems – with Swinson as a coalition government minister – were happy to work with the Conservatives to slash benefits, cut social care and play havoc with the health service. Their political conscience only seemed to return when Brexit threatened their world view and their interests. Ideologically, they largely overlap with the vanishing “moderate” wing of the Tories – whose MPs are now defecting to the Lib Dem party.”

The message is clear: If you vote Liberal Democrat, you will get Tory. For young people, that is tantamount to self-harm.

Also: what’s this about new evidence which confirms that the Liberal Democrats sold voter data to the Remain campaign in 2016 for almost £100,000 being withheld from public scrutiny by the Information Commissioner’s Office?

And what’s this about the Liberal Democrats spamming voters with junk mail?

As I write this, the infamous Liberal Democrat policy – of putting bar charts on election literature claiming that their candidate is the only one who can beat the incumbents – is being ridiculed on the BBC’s Politics Live.

It seems they have been printing bar charts showing them as the biggest party in particular constituencies – by omitting the parties that had a higher vote share than them. The example quoted is notable for failing to show the Labour and Brexit Party vote.

So: take the evidence as a whole, rather than just Lib Dem literature, and the accurate picture of the Liberal Democrats is of a party that will promise anything to get into power and then break all those promises without compunction; a party that will lie to the electorate in order to secure votes; a party that will enable the Conservatives to get back into power, even though the majority of its supporters hate the Tories; and a party that will sell all our young people down the river once again – if it gets the opportunity.

You’d have to be crazy to vote Liberal Democrat.

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11 Thoughts to “Thinking of voting Liberal Democrat? Think again – for all our sakes”

  1. SteveH

    Prof Richard Murphy has a cutting analysis of the LibDem’s economic competence on his blog

    The LibDems are promoting the most hard-right, neoliberal, callously indifferent economic agenda of any mainstream party in this election

    All parties hope to start elections well. The result is a reflection of how things continue. For the LibDems I have to say credibility disappeared on Friday. The Independent reported late on Friday night that: https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/general-election-2019-liberal-democrats-permanent-spending-surplus-1047923

    The government should run a permanent spending surplus, the Liberal Democrats have said in a bid to position themselves as the toughest party on public finances.

    Laying out the party’s economic pitch in a speech in Leeds, deputy leader Ed Davey insisted the Conservatives and Labour were offering “fantasies” which would wreck the public finances.

    Sir Ed said that if they got into government, the Lib Dems would run a 1 per cent surplus on current spending – meaning that day-to-day costs of public services would be lower than the amount raised in taxes. He claimed a “Remain bonus” would help shore up state finances.

    Borrowing would only be allowed to pay for capital investment projects judged by an independent watchdog to generate more money for the taxpayer than their initial cost.


    (follow the link below for the full details of his short analysis)

    I could go on. But let me summarise instead. This is hard-core, right-wing neoliberal economic illiteracy. It manages to make George Osborne look left-wing. And it shows not the slightest understanding of economics, the role of government in society or the nature of money and its relationship to tax. It’s also callously indifferent to society, the role of government, all who work in it and all who are dependent upon it.

    https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2019/11/17/the-libdems-are-promoting-the-most-hard-right-neoliberal-callously-indifferent-economic-agenda-of-any-mainstream-party-in-this-election/

  2. Simon Agonistes

    ‘Do people really have such short memories that they have forgotten the legacy of the Coalition government?’

    Short answer, Mike: YES!

    2010-15 is barely discussed and has been replaced by a bogus image of the ‘Lie Dems’ (sic) being a new centre ground and progressive because of the Remain stance. All false of course. The Lie Dems are economically illiterate in the extreme as your site has pointed out when Ed Davey announced the crazed idea of 1% budget surpluses -completely crazy in the present context of private debt and underemployment.

  3. Neville

    At the moment, voters would be crazy to vote Labour. Corbyn has enabled cranks, whackos, nutjobs and conspiracy theorists.

    1. Mike Sivier

      Do you not even have the self-awareness to realise that this comment makes you seem like a crank, whacko, nutjob and/or conspiracy theorist?

      1. Neville

        I have plenty of self awareness. I still believe that the only way out of this mess is to vote Lib Dem.

      2. Mike Sivier

        Self awareness? If you say so. But common sense appears to have deserted you.

    2. trev

      @ Neville

      LOL you mean”cranks and conspiracy theorists” such as the ones who spread malicious allegations of antisemitism and who label Jeremy Corbyn a “Commie” ? Yes unfortunately the presence of an honest principled man of integrity in the world of Politics will always bring out such whackos, especially when such a man champions the poor, seeks the creation of a Just society and threatens the rich Establishment.

  4. Tony

    I do hope that Andrew George manages to take back St Ives for the Liberal Democrats and that the SNP get the 5.2% swing that they need to defeat Swinson in Dunbartonshire East.

    1. Mike Sivier

      I don’t think the Liberal Democrats deserve a single Parliamentary seat. Not one.

  5. trev

    I wouldn’t even consider voting for the LibDems.

  6. Dez

    Treachery takes a very long to heal however as you remind us such acts soon fade from the headlines and voters minds. Good call

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