Personally i think that people are making too much of the whole situation.
The liberal Democrats support coalition governements which will lead to coalitions or minority governements, thus the real issue here is not that the Liberal Democrats formed a coalition with the Conservatives, but that the party is deeply divided, between the old SDP leaning side of the party (Charles Kenedy, Paddy Ashdown), and the Orange bookers (Nick Clegg), thus people supporting the SDP section of the party hate the coalition.
The fact is that aside from tuition fees, the Liberal Democrats have done nothing wrong, have a chance for voting reform in May and are having the income tax threshold increased to around £550 per month from April meaning that most students on here will pay no tax, yet i have not heard one drip of acknowledgement for this.
In regards to the polls, Clegg Mania resulted in a polling of 34% April 20th, 23% May 6th and an average of 10% December 20th. I personally think that a lot rides on AV. If AV goes through, the party will not hate Clegg so much and while i cannot see an improvement in vote share, 18-22% is possible, if AV is not passed and Nick Clegg is in power for the next election then (14-18%) is realistic.
In conclusion, the Liberal Democrats need AV because they will not increase their vote share in 2015, but provided they get a youngish leader, they should be in the mid twenties again in 2020. Regardless, Nick Clegg will not be leader of the Liberal Democrats in 2016.
Just a side note, but i say all that as a Conservative supporter, not a Liberal Democrat supporter.
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- Community Assistant
- 01-01-2011 21:32
(Original post by Margaret Thatcher)
- 02-01-2011 02:17
Only a few months ago most of you were worshipping the ground they walked on.
What happened? How changeable you are!
Would Maggie Thatcher have had Nick Clegg as her Deputy...?
- 02-01-2011 02:22
What happened to Nick Griffin