Thursday, June 21, 2007
The Wooing of the Lib Dems is now Under Way
But the recent stories have served to tick a box or two:
1. They remind us all that the Lib Dems are likely to hold ther balance of power in 2009 should voting intentions remain roughly split between the two main parties.
2. They make clear that the wooing of the Lib Dems has already started; maybe they don't want to share government right now but come the next election they can expect to. They should begin to work out their priorities in terms of the political price they can reasonably extract for their cooperation.
3. By appearing to make an offer Brown might have set the ball rolling. Lord Lester has already indicated he is interested and many other Lib Dems might also be scenting power and office the air. Maybe Gordon has even managed to make it appear that the Lib Dems are more likely to tesm up with himn rather than Cameron and if this is the case the Tories have a problem to solve.
4. It could even be the case that Brown has decided to readopt the Blaiur strategy to haul the third party on board as a hedge against a poor result in the general election. It could even be that he is prepared to concede PR to them as the price he is prepared to pay; he has, after all, spoken generally about constitutional reform.
My random sample of two uncommitted voters suggests that they like it more than the furious partisan bloggers do. "Ooh how nice and refreshingly inclusive, good to see an end to nasty partisan politics" they coo.
I see John McD is complaining that the PLP wasn't consulted but I suspect the members that matter may have been...
It would be a mistake to underestimate Mr Brown's canniness or his political acumen.
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