FOUND: David Cameron’s Little Black Book

So David Cameron’s keeping a little black book of the things Lib Dems have stopped him doing in Government – things he wants to put in the next Tory manifesto.

A copy has been found, and it’s scary reading:

Liberal Democrats think these policies are unfair. Do you want schools to be run for profit? Or a record of all your emails and texts to be kept? Or do you want your boss to be allowed to fire you at will?

Click here to help us stop David Cameron’s Little Black Book from becoming a reality!

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17 Comments

  • Bah issuu

    Good content, though.

  • Michael Clements 11th Dec '13 - 2:55pm

    Accidental finding sounds too good to be true. . Is it the real thing ? Or is it a cunning leak to test public opinion and then deny it’s authenticity if reaction to all or any of the policies sends back a message that he has gone a step too far ?

  • Moderately amusing.

    But is the sole purpose of the Lib Dems in government to impede the policies of their partners?

    That’s an incredibly depressing role.

  • I notice that privatising the BBC is mentioned.
    Can anyone explain to me why Ed Davey tells me that privatising my postman was a great victory for Liberal Democrats in government, but privatising the BBC would not be?

  • Policies the Lib Dems may find themselves being ‘pragmatic’ about if they are desperate for coalition again in 2015 ?

  • Tubby Isaacs 11th Dec '13 - 5:18pm

    You haven’t stopped anything. You’re their partners. None of it could have happened with you.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 11th Dec '13 - 5:34pm

    So, Tubby, those state schools being run for profit, where are they? Those under 25s denied any housing benefit, where are they? Those draconian web snooping powers? The ability of an employer to fire at will? The abolition of the Human Rights Act?

    None of these things have been done because Nick Clegg put his foot down and said no.

  • Tubby Isaacs 11th Dec '13 - 5:55pm

    You’ve no more stopped them than Labour, Plaid Cymru or Respect have.

    The Tories don’t have an overall majority, and there’d have been backbench Tory opposition to lots of these black book policies.

    IES Breckland is being run for profit. Are you seriously saying it isn’t?

  • Richard Shaw 11th Dec '13 - 6:29pm

    @ Tubby

    If it hadn’t been for the Lib Dems (and Nick’s performance in the Leaders debates especially) then Labour would still have lost the election but the Conservatives would have got a majority and therefore been able to do those things that being in partnership with us means they can’t. So yes, we have stopped them more than Labour et al could have done and got them to agree to some of our policies in the process.

  • Tubby Isaacs 11th Dec '13 - 7:13pm

    “If it hadn’t been for the Lib Dems (and Nick’s performance in the Leaders debates especially) then Labour would still have lost the election but the Conservatives would have got a majority and therefore been able to do those things that being in partnership with us means they can’t. So yes, we have stopped them more than Labour et al could have done and got them to agree to some of our policies in the process.”

    Shame then that Nick didn’t mean much of what he said in those debates then.

    And another sighting of the idea that your votes have some special value- see also Nick Clegg’s talk of “serious voters” now, as opposed to the apparently flippant ones shipped since 2010.

    Lib Dems- 57 seats in 2010
    Tories- 306
    Others (excepting Sinn Fein and Speaker)- 280

  • Tubby Isaacs 11th Dec '13 - 7:21pm

    “Yes we have. None of those three parties are part of the Coalition Government; the Lib Dems are.”

    You don’t have to be in the Coalition government. Get out of it. Watch a load more bad stuff stop, just by itself, because there won’t be a Tory majority any more.

    Everybody could see it coming, apart from you. Tory leader uses you to see off his backbench loons. Tory press allies dump on you all the time for holding up all the “necessary reforms”.

    The Coalition Agreement was a con. Are you seriously suggesting Cameron, when he agreed to elections to PCT boards didn’t intend to abolish PCTs altogether?

  • Peter Watson 11th Dec '13 - 10:22pm

    I agree with Tubby.
    Lib Dems in government have only restricted the tories to the extent that without Lib Dem votes in Parliament, tory policies could not command a majority. It is the 280 non-coalition MPs, that have stopped the tories, not the 57 Lib Dems.

  • Richard Shaw 12th Dec '13 - 8:46am

    @ Tubby, Peter

    If those 280 other MPs always voted against the Coalition then you’d have a valid point. The fact that Labour seems quite comfortable to abstain or vote with the Conservatives shows the importance of the Lib Dems being in coalition. Both the Conservatives and Labour are predominantly social-conservative parties and have no qualms when it comes to working together to enact deeply illiberal measures – they positively jostle to ‘look tough on crime/scroungers/immigrants’! A Conservative government would get on quite well with the help of their unofficial allies – see also the Labour-enabled railway privatisation by a minority Conservative Govt.

    The Lib Dem strengthen the more liberal factions of the Conservatives and enable more sensible legislation to be passed in the face of the Labour-Conservative coalition of social-conservatives.

  • Peter Watson 12th Dec '13 - 11:49am

    @Richard Shaw
    I don’t disagree with you: it is claims that Lib Dems in government have ‘stopped’ the tories which I feel are horribly overstated. If Labour and Tories want the same thing (e.g. war in Iraq) then Lib Dems are powerless. When Labour and Tories want different things then electoral arithmetic means that Lib Dems have influence. Lib Dems have enabled everything done by the Government but only ‘stopped’ things that a much greater number of Opposition MPs would have opposed as well. Labour can make just as valid a claim to have ‘stopped’ Tory policies, but only Lib Dems can be blamed for pushing a few through.
    For better or for worse, Lib Dems should concentrate on what has actually been done and achieved. A financial recovery allows the Tories and their supportive media to say “Imagine how much better we could have done if not held back by the Lib Dems”, and Lib Dems risk reinforcing that message.

  • Gwyn Williams 12th Dec '13 - 12:04pm

    This is a clever contribution to the differentiation debate but it could have been done so much better.Possibly Adrian Mole aged 43 and three quarters or diary of a nobody PM.

  • What about a list of things you haven’t stopped, but have instead allowed by facilitating the tories to take power? That lust will mysteriously never be found…..

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