Friday, January 15, 2010

Rubber Tree Wannabe Chosen Tonight

Having a Liberal Democrat MP is about as useful to Cambridge at the national level as putting a rubber tree on the Commons green benches.

The six candidates hoping to take over from the amiable, diligent but nationally irrelevant David Howarth are on show to their fellow Liberal Democrats tonight. It is worth noting that all of them are councillors. While this is good at one level – the pavement politics – it highlights how parochial the Lib Dems are, with a squint that does not get beyond the last chair in the council chamber.

The choice at the next election is whether we have a Brown or Cameron government. Even the Lib Dem leader says that the party with the largest number of seats should lead the next government, so why vote Lib Dem and rule oneself out of making the choice?

If you want change, only a vote for Nick Hillman and the Conservatives in 2010 will contribute to bringing it about.


  1. At the last general election in Cambridge, the Conservatives were in a distant third place with less than half the vote of the second-placed Labour candidate. The result was Lib Dem 44%, Labour 34%, Conservative 16.5%. Voting Conservative in Cambridge will just make it easier for Labour to win.

  2. I am not sure I follow this. Is the argument that we should only ever have a two party state? In that case, one wonders about the relevance of Councillor Howell - the current solitary conservative - to local City politics (presumably one reason why the conservative party was unable to short-list any local councillor when looking to choose its candidate must have been his reluctance to stand). Surely a local MP can - and should - do an awful lot more than just vote for or against the party in power? Some voters may feel that denying any party an overall majority would be no bad outcome.

  3. @Phil Rodgers

    But, since 2005, Conservative votes in local elections have steadily increased.

    And Liberal votes in 2005 were dramatically increased by students who disapproved of Anne Campbell's volte face on tuition fees and approved of David Howarth's promise not to impose tuition fees.

    This promise cannot be made by Julian Huppert - well, not honestly.

    So it's all to play for.