Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Published Today

Liberal Democrat Fence-watch:

Cambridge News
Letters to the Editor

The letter from the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Cambridge published in the News this week contained more sanctimonious humbug per-square-inch than is usual for his party.

We know that the next government will either be Labour or Tory-led. What we don’t know is if there is no overall majority which way will the Lib Dems go – left or right? It is a simple question for Julian. “If you are elected will you support David Cameron or Gordon Brown as Prime Minister?” If you say Nick Clegg, then we know you are in cloud cuckoo land.

The British people should know beforehand what your plans are. As someone who says they believe in openness and transparency you owe the public an answer to this question before they vote, not after.

This followed Nick Hillman's letter on the same page:

The Lib Dems need to clarify their position

Our Lib Dem candidate has a letter in the Cambridge News today which claims he favours ‘values’ rather than ‘backroom deals’. Good. I agree.

So I hope he will now tell us whether, in the event of the Lib Dems holding the balance of power in a hung parliament, they would prefer to deal with Tory values of social responsibility and economic growth or the values of Gordon Brown’s Labour Party.

Telling the voters where his party stands before the election would be much less of a ‘backroom deal’ than holding fire until after the electorate have delivered their verdict and only then jumping one way or the other. If that is what Lib Dems plan to do, as seems to be the case, then voters would be better off making the choice between David Cameron and Gordon Brown themselves.

Even if Nick Clegg does not feel able to tell us which way he would go, there is nothing to stop Cambridge Lib Dems from expressing a preference.

Come on Lib Dems, give us the answer.

1 comment:

  1. It's a pity the Cambridge-News haven't been publishing letters online for about a month know.

    Good to see at least one or two are getting out to a wider audience.