First we had the mad old biddy Cable on manouvres, then Huhne and his obnoxious self-righteousness and Now Cleggover has waded in attacking the Tories….and all because they’re winning the AV argument with the public.
Now, the libdems can throw their dummy out of the pram and split from the coalition if they want but they would get annihilated, possibly seeing them drop to fourth in the popular vote at their current rate of decline (doubt they’d be so keen on full pr then!) and returning the country to two party politics.
This leaves the PM with a choice, he can either throw the libdems some red meat after the referendum, or he can do the sensible thing and offer no more concessions. If the liberal democrats want to survive as a political entity then they have to last the full term in coalition.
With a 16 point lead in the latest ICM poll on AV, there’s only one little thing the No campaign needs to do to push them over the finish line….this poster (or one like it that hadn’t been done in quite such a hurry, as Bob has a young lady to entertain this evening!)
Finally, someone in the Tory Party has seen sense and has come out on the offensive against AV….and very effectively too. No surprise that it’s the party’s best performer in the last 12 months, Chancellor George Osborne. He may get routinely attacked with the ‘Posh Tory Boy’ tag by the bitter left but he’s proven to be far away the most savvy political operator in Westminster. He’s given his opinion to The Mail on what a ‘dirty little compromise‘ AV actuallly is. But this being Osborne that isn’t the end of it. He also found the time to give the Lib Dems a swift kick to the scrotum and reminded them of their place. They have been getting a bit up themselves lately so an intervention from a senior Tory figure is welcome.
And a very interesting YouGov poll shows that the Yes vote may not be capturing the public’ss imagination in the way that they hoped