I am shocked to read on James Graham's blog an account of the last general election, as told by Ming Campbell in an exclusive interview to the shortlisted five for "Lib Dem blog of the year" about the liaison at the highest levels between Labour and the Lib Dems at the last general election.
The quotation that deals with this is ;
"Interestingly, Ming pointed out that the then-elections chief Lord Razzall was in constant talks with Labour regarding our targeting strategy and how we might both target the Conservatives. Although I’m not surprised, I have to say it is the first I’ve heard of this. It feels a little uncomfortable to learn that we were in strategic discussions with the war-mongers, but then the Tories were wannabe war-mongers and were running under the most rightwing manifesto in recent memory (written by David Cameron, lest we forget). Either way, if our strategy was to work with Labour to maximise the marginal Lib-Con seats that we won, it was a pretty poor one."
Our most distinct feature, indeed to many first time Lib Dem voters, our unique selling point if you like, was our opposition to the war in Iraq yet, as it turns out, it appears that some in our party were running the election campaign as if we were a branch of the Labour Party.
And as James Graham made clear, if this was "the strategy to beat the Tories", it failed pretty abysmally.
I think some people forget why people get involved in the Lib Dems, and very often it is to rid yourself of the stench that comes from the Tory and Labour parties.
The Tories might be angry about this, but so will plenty of Lib Dems too.