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2012-03-16 - 19:19:00 - by AlisonW - Topic: UK-Politics: LibDem | Westminster |

A few days ago, James Graham told why he was quitting the LibDems. Yesterday, another friend did so too, indeed there seem to be blogs and tweets all over the place of people finally 'losing it' with the Liberal Democrats.

I declined to renew my membership a couple of years ago but whenever I get surveyed on the topic (usually by YouGov about twice a week) I still list myself as a LibDem supporter. Primarily because I can't see any adequate alternative. To support either of the rabid right-wing parties (Tory or Labour) is just not possible and, being a very firm believer in the concept of the European Union (and, indeed, in a future federal EU) there is no other party currently active in the UK which I could contemplate supporting.

I keep hoping, telling myself, that the reasons for the LibDems doing what they have been in coalition is precisely because there is a coalition; that if we (and yes, I'll still say 'we') had won – or lost – things would have been different because there would have been only the external pressures of the situation and not of some other political viewpoint. And it hasn't all been negative: having the LibDems in (part-) government has resulted in many good things happening which wouldn't have if it were only the Tories there.

And I'll carry on that support because I do not want to see multi-party politics disappear from the UK, which would be likely if LibDem support drops away to the levels of the 1960s-80s. To just have two right-wing Parties would be as bad for the UK as it is for the USA, and I won't support that.

But I don't hold out much hope for the 2015 General Election being any sort of solution, indeed it might take another generation to start the process of change again.





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