Outside the marginals

a commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010 & 2015 elections

Conference Mischief (2 of many)

The Independent is at it again. The paper that has previously been the nearest to Liberal-supporting has claimed:

The survey found that 59 per cent of all those who voted Liberal Democrat at the last election believe the party has got worse in the three years since, with only 9 per cent saying it has got better.
Independent Website 16 September 2013 Lib Dem reality check: 59% of voters say party is worse now than in 2010

Does the independent report or forsee the news

Does the independent report or foresee the news (note dateline!)

Leaving aside the dating of the article, is this really surprising?

Up until the last election most people voting Lib Dem knew they were not voting for a government but were voting either as a protest or for a particular individual candidate. After the election the party was forced to change – some say it had to grow up. Many of the politically disenchanted who may have reluctantly voted Liberal (to avoid supporting the others) may have found that this change was a profound shock.

When a party goes into government it has to “do things” which means it risks upsetting people. That more than half of their voters see this as a retrograde step is not really surprising. It is however a further reminder that large numbers of the electorate are fed up with the current system.


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