Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Twenty five years ago today...

The "Gang of Four" broke away from the Labour Party to found the Social Democratic Party, pledging to "break the mould of British politics".

Twenty five years on and what's changed? The SDP failed to make a breakthrough and eventually merged with the Liberals. Meanwhile those on the right of the Labour Party who did not defect instead stayed in the party and eventually defeated the hard left. Today it is New Labour that is the heir to the SDP.

Meanwhile nominations for the Liberal Democrat leadership election have closed today and we have three candidates remaining - Sir Menzies Campbell, Chris Huhne and Simon Hughes. Whoever wins is facing one of the biggest crises of the party's history. And given the fates of Charles Kennedy and Mark Oaten, all three must be desperately hoping they don't get Lembit Opik's backing. The party is declining in the polls, it has privately given up on the Dunfermline and West Fife by-election and it is facing the potential defection of three MPs. So much for the party being on the verge of heading towards government!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Will the people be Conned?
Will the true blues stand by while the Thatcher legacy is betrayed?
Can you fool all the people all the time?

Anonymous said...

Limehouse. London's original China-town.

Elephunt said...

The problem with the LDs was unusually high expectations.Some idiots in their party actually began to think in terms of governing the country rather than being shameless ,opposition driven opportunists.

Once the luvvies in The Guardian and Independent start putting pressure on the LDs to shape up and start acting like grown ups everything goes tits up.

Anonymous said...

Acting like grown ups?
You mean as in opposing illegal wars? Yes its pay back time.We can't have anyone standing in the way of the Neo-Cons oil grab can we.How much is petrol in Britain?
Oops, all those women and kids blown to bits and its still that high!

Anonymous said...

oh dear, not the Lib Dems as the anti war party nonsense. Lib Dems hold a meeting, see 70% against military action, let's guess which side of the debate they'll fall on en masse :)

Spare us the pious claptrap , morality isn't in the Lib Dems dictionary.

Anonymous said...

The Liberals have a long and proud anti-war tradition Mr anonymous Cynic, which was also shared by the old Labour Party.

Anonymous said...

LDs with some unusually high expectations- such as thinking they can win the Dunfermline and West Fife by-election elephuntee?

Elephunt said...

I think the LD expectations go no further than winning by elections do they? I haven't heard a 'go back to your constituencies and prepare for government' for while.

Go on, give us the old quote, for old time's sake :)

Anonymous said...

Go back to your constituency Elephuntee and continue to be complacent.

Elephunt said...

Hmmmm LD/SDP/SLD/Lib by elections wins? History suggests I have every reason to be complacent :)

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