The 12 Op-Eds of Xmas (Day 4)

Throughout the festive season, LDV is offering our readers a load of repeats another chance to read the 12 most popular opinion articles which have appeared on the blog since 1st January, 20109. The ninth most-read LDV op-ed of 2010 was by LDV co-editor Stephen Tall, and originally appeared on 7th May …

The morning after the night before: 10 questions we need to answer (but maybe not today)

Here’s a few to ponder … Or perhaps best to sleep on them.

1. What happened to the predicted Lib Dem surge? Did people change their mind at the last minute? Did young people not turn out? Did floating voters turn their back on us?

2. How did the opinion polls get the Lib Dem share of the vote so badly wrong? They were pretty accurate in terms of the Labour/Tory vote, but all nine of the final polls put the Lib Dems in the 26-29% range when in fact we scored 23%.

3. What happened to our targeting strategy? Given our share of the vote was higher than in 2005, how did we lose so many seats? Did we over-reach ourselves? Or did we underestimate the residual Labour/Tory vote?

4. Why were there such differences between results in individual Lib Dem seats, sometimes making gains against the Tories (eg, Wells, Eastbourne), sometimes suffering horrendous swings (eg, Oxford West & Abingdon, Montgomeryshire). Incumbency seems to have helped in some places, not in others: why?

5. Should Nick Clegg have ruled out any form of coalition before the election to avoid a week of the campaign getting bogged down in the usual hung parliament media process stories? Was it a mistake to state openly the party wouldn’t work with Gordon Brown if Labour came third?

6. How far did the rightwing press’s smear operation in the latter half of the campaign eat away at our vote?

7. How far did the Tories’ Ashcroft money torpedo our campaign against the Tories?

8. Did people in the end decide they couldn’t bring themselves to vote for our liberal policies on immigration and Europe? Or did they in the end simply decide the Lib Dems couldn’t win (the old ‘wasted vote’ argument most of us hoped this election would put to rest)?

9. Have the Lib Dems reached a ceiling of what can be achieved within the constraints of a third party not backed by the financial largesse of the trade unions or big business? Is 50-70 seats all we’re scaled-up to win given the unfairness of the first-past-the-post system?

10. And the $64,000 question – what happens next?

Read more by .
This entry was posted in Op-eds.
Advert

2 Comments

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarAlan Brown 24th Nov - 12:56pm
    As this article shows there many diverse organisations working towards remain in the EU. It seems to me that what is lacking is a powerful...
  • User AvatarArnold Kiel 24th Nov - 12:18pm
    I have not followed the UK's budget history closely, but I see no news here. The only remarkable difference is that the OBR has finally...
  • User Avatarjames 24th Nov - 12:18pm
    why then did she complain about the same thing to Nadine Dorries?
  • User Avatartheakes 24th Nov - 12:13pm
    Nobody is saying do not make these weekly reports, it is the misleading headlines which would do justice in the Daily Mail. We could quite...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 24th Nov - 12:06pm
    The state of the economy has been poor for the last decade. The vote for brexit is a reflection of this rather than the cause...
  • User AvatarRebecca Taylor 24th Nov - 11:54am
    @PJ - in a way a recognised qualification does a similar role to accreditation, i.e. it proves you've been trained with the skills X role(s)...