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Liberal Democrats & Why you should NEVER break someone's trust Watch

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    On the eve of 2010, the Lib Dems were seen as a well established party and were taken into serious consideration by the public, on the night of the results they secured almost a quarter of the vote share (6% behind Labour) and as the hung parliament left the country in uncertainty, the Lib Dems were in the driving seat any major party they allied with could see themselves being promoted to government or the tories would have to crawl back in as a minority government with an overwhelming opposition.

    However in more recent days, the Lib Dems have been reduced to 9 seats, one up from 2015, but 48 down from 2010. Trends show they'll continue to remain a marginal apartment party for the near future however one's forced to question what caused them this political coma, from a commanding centrist group to a feeble set of functionaries occupying a few side seats in opposition?

    Well like in all political activities it's an amalgamation of factors rather than a single mishap, but a major one was the Tuition Fees promise which after broken proved to cause serious detriment to the heart of campaigning, which is the upholding of public trust.

    Arguably the misuse of trust was the last major wave for the Lib Dems' sandcastle, make sure yours is far from such a shore....
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    Judging by the 2010 results I think they weren’t going to break the two party mold. I think over the next few elections they may start to do really well in some of their former seats as well as the ones they did well in this year. But it would take a huge amount is dissatisfaction with both main parties for them to come close to their 2010 Levels.
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    (Original post by VirgoStrain)
    Judging by the 2010 results I think they weren’t going to break the two party mold. I think over the next few elections they may start to do really well in some of their former seats as well as the ones they did well in this year. But it would take a huge amount is dissatisfaction with both main parties for them to come close to their 2010 Levels.
    Ofc it's going to always be two horse race for the coming years, but the reason why I disagree is because when they made their big wins back in 2010 it was at the expense of Labour seats, there's many exceptions though as Lib dems are likely to steal Goldsmith's Richmond seat, but on the whole if the General Public is at apposite to the regime of the tories, they'll have to vote tactically. In scenarios of Labour-Lib and Tory-Lib clashes, the voters will have to side with the dominant party and put aside differences for a new government, if this happens Labour will enjoy a growing number of votes and if Labour voters vote tactically Lib Dems will see notable growth at the loss of the nasty party.
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    (Original post by adamantacademic)
    Ofc it's going to always be two horse race for the coming years, but the reason why I disagree is because when they made their big wins back in 2010 it was at the expense of Labour seats, there's many exceptions though as Lib dems are likely to steal Goldsmith's Richmond seat, but on the whole if the General Public is at apposite to the regime of the tories, they'll have to vote tactically. In scenarios of Labour-Lib and Tory-Lib clashes, the voters will have to side with the dominant party and put aside differences for a new government, if this happens Labour will enjoy a growing number of votes and if Labour voters vote tactically Lib Dems will see notable growth at the loss of the nasty party.
    People keep saying that the Lib Dems were supposed to break through in 2010 but the truth is that they were supposed to have done that in 2005 especially with the high amount of dissatisfaction in the Blair government. Instead they gained a meagre 11 seats and still lost some to the conservatives. It was probably one of the factors in Kennedy’s resignation.
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