I’m a Northern lad, born and bred in West Cumbria where, as the saying goes, we call a spade a shovel. That’s our version of the famous Yorkshire imperative to ‘Say what you mean and mean what you bloody well say’. To put it bluntly we don’t take too kindly to liars in this part of the world – especially the kind of liars who cheat their way into positions of authority. We’re not too keen on cruelty either. That’s why we don’t vote tory. West Cumbrians are too compassionate for that.
The Conservative Club in my hometown was demolished years ago, its few members relegated to little more than a shack adjacent to an old graveyard, itself the site of an ancient plague pit (according to local legend). It’s a fitting location for the followers of toxic, tory ideology. The symbolism is compelling and undeniably appropriate. But at least the tories are honest – well, after a fashion.
It’s true that they’ve broken almost all of their election promises but that’s hardly a surprise. They are tories, after all. Conservative ideology has always favoured privilege and the creation of the downtrodden and desperate majority necessary to maintain it. We may not like what we get from the tories but at least we know what to expect. They’ve always been cruel and greedy. To call a spade a shovel:
They’re wolves in wolves’ clothing.
The Liberal Democrats however are a completely different kettle of fish – a particularly rotten kettle at that, complete with the pungent stench of betrayal and odious self-interest.
During the run up to the 2010 general election these wolves in sheep’s clothing positioned themselves as champions of the poor, the young and the disabled. Their leader, Nick Clegg, even warned that a tory victory would result in widespread rioting – a prediction he quickly forgot all about when it actually happened. A prediction he disregarded when it was expedient for him to support the very tory policies that brought the riots about.
These turncoat betrayers have enabled, supported and collaborated in the destruction of everything they pledged to defend before the election. From student tuition fees to human rights and legal redress; from publically maintained schools to an NHS free at the point of delivery. The Lib Dems have betrayed us all.
The official FibDem mantra is that they have acted as a foil, a softener that diluted the worst ravages of tory abuses but that’s a lie. The truth is that, like all collaborators before them, they enabled the rape of the welfare state, the scapegoating of the poor and the destitution of the vulnerable. And the people know it.
This weekend the FibDem deputy chancellor, Danny Alexander spoke about Lib Dem values. I’m sure I’m not the only one left to wonder just what those values might be. Even the party chairman, David Laws admitted that this collective of cheats and turncoats is quite prepared to lie, to disregard and ultimately break any election promise in order to hold on to power. So much for Danny Alexander’s ‘Lib Dem values’.
There again – he did only say that they’d fight the election according to Lib Dem values (whatever they are). He said nothing about what they might do after the polling stations have closed. In that respect perhaps he really did…..
Say what he meant and mean what he bloody well said.
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