How many good reason do we need to know the Tories are not the people we want to sit with ?
1) Homophobia - The Tories have consistently had problems with homophobia amongst their ranks. Chris Grayling started it all off again recently by claiming that B&B owners ought to be able to refuse to have gay peoiple staying in their establishments. Then we had the Tory PPC who set up a prayer group to use the power of religion to stop people geing gay. Need I go on and list all the others ?
2) Nadine Dorries - The twitter account deletion does not hide the fact that she calls people who are pro choice "Dr Death" and has numerous other issues that are totally incompatible with anyone who sees "fairness" as a core principles of their beliefs.
3) Voting reform - AV is not PR. Can I repeat that, AV IS NOT PR !
4) Murdoch - I always see it as a good rule of thumb that if Murdoch supports it, we ought to be against it.
5) Iraq - Let's not forget, the Tories were more supportive of the idea of invading Iraq than Labour were.
6) The NHS - In leaflets distributed by the Lib Dems in the general election, we were apparently to be very afraid of the Tories gettinh their hands on the NHS as they would wreck it. Not my words, but those of the Lib Dems.
7) Non Doms - MPs who are Non-Doms, multi millionaire backers who are Non-Doms. Should I go on ?
8) Flippers - Remember how many Tory MPs and Tory front benchers flipped their mortgages in order to gain the maximum amount from their expenses ? No Lib Dems did it. We were proud of that, but we'll sit with those who do.
9) Cleaning up parliament - How many of Cameron's front bench supported plans to reform parliamentary expenses before the expenses scandal broke ? Would it surprise people that a majhority didn't support reform ?
10) Trident - Apparently we need a cold war weapons system ?
This is a short list thought up by a very tired, fed up, dejected and utterly depressed activist.
I wonder who can add to this list who is feeling more inspired than me ?