LibLink: James Graham – Lib Dems will make Labour sweat

Over at The Guardian’s Comment is Free website, Lib Dem blogger James Graham pours a bucket of swill over Labour’s panicked suggestions that Nick Clegg’s about to jump into bed with the Tories. And another equal bucket of swill over the idea that Labour can take Nick Clegg for a patsy. Here’s an excerpt:

There are only two things I am certain of in this election. First, every vote for the Liberal Democrats is not just a vote for more Lib Dem MPs, but will strengthen Nick Clegg’s negotiating position. The time for tactical voting has passed: it is time to vote positively for a fairer, grown-up form of politics.

Second, not only will Nick Clegg drive a hard bargain in the case of a hung parliament, but his party will hold him to it. With strong leadership, the notorious Lib Dem “triple lock” won’t slow down the process; it doesn’t work like that. What it will do is concentrate minds. …

What we have seen over the past 24 hours is Labour going through a massive crisis of confidence and are in the grip of disabling panic. That isn’t a reason to not vote Liberal Democrat. Quite the opposite.

You can read James’s article in full here.

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  • I don’t think you’re paying attention. The Tory press say he’s going to jump into bed with Brown. The Guardian plays his denial of this as an indication he’s going to conduct a love-in with Cameron. Then next week they’ll both accuse him of being wishy-washy and unable to make up his mind. Wahey! Stick-up!

  • No one seems to be considering the other option for a coalition — Lab/Con — afterall the two parties have lots in common — they are the tweedledee and tweedledumb duopoly of British politics, both would have demonstratively failed to win the election (Labour having lost and Tories having failed to accend seamlessly to power as they so clearly expected just weeks ago), both tell porkies at every opportunity, neither are fit to rule, both hate Lib Dems with a vengance — and it is bloody difficult to tell them apart.

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