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Conservative conference: Cameron writes the Liberal Democrats out of his speech

10 October 2012

4:54 PM

10 October 2012

4:54 PM

The only mention that the Liberal Democrats received in David Cameron’s speech was a reference to the fact that they, unlike the Tories, had not been committed to real-terms increases in the NHS budget. Combine this with the fact that the speech saw Cameron pit the Tory view of the world against Labour’s and one could see an attempt to write the Liberal Democrats out of the script.

The absence of the Liberal Democrats from the speech was, I’m informed, quite deliberate. Cameron’s implicit message was that the really big things the coalition is doing — education and welfare reform and the structural changes to the economy — are Conservative things.

In 2015, the choice between Labour and the Conservatives will be stark. The question for the Liberal Democrats is whether, as Alex says, this leaves them on the sidelines or whether the distance between the two main parties gives them space to operate in.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Lye/805509297 Andrew Lye

    I’m a Lib Dem member and am glad he didn’t mention us…..Who really takes any notice of Conference speeches, anyway?

  • bloughmee

    “The only mention that the Liberal Democrats received in David Cameron’s
    speech was a reference to the fact that they, unlike the Tories, had not
    been committed to real-terms increases in the NHS budget.

    .

    So Dave is bragging he wants to spend more welfare state cash than the Lib-Dems, and you Speccie teenagers think that’s a GOOD thing?

    You’ve unwittingly put your finger on the mindset that’s going to get Dave and Company whacked the very next time the voters get a crack at them.

    • HooksLaw

      You are not making a very good point (putting it politely), not least in equating health care with ‘welfare’.
      The NHS is having to find 20 billion of savings over 4 years despite getting increases in line with inflation. This is no easy task since I am sure if you or any of your loved ones are ill you will want to get good treatment. So within this context maintaining spending limits is laudable and I am sure what the country (as opposed to loony tunes wants)

      To be fair to Labour – they too promised to make 20 billion of savings in the NHS budget in their manifesto. Given that Brown thought he could make those savings in 2010 it makes you wonder why he spent the money in the first place

  • itdoesntaddup

    It’s just recognising the reality that Lib Dems will be irrelevant at the next election.

    • HooksLaw

      They could have been but they cannot shake off the habit of opposition.

  • Frank P

    That picture is awful btw – the Dyed Barnet Duo?

  • Frank P

    He should have left them out of his government at the outset and got on with governing, rather than kissing ass to stay in power.

    • telemachus

      Correct Frank
      *
      As to the choice
      “In 2015, the choice between Labour and the Conservatives will be stark”
      The choice is between growth and Osborne’s further 10 billion austerity
      *
      What do we want-Growth
      When do we want it-Now
      What do we want-Growth
      When do we want it-If not now 2015

      • ToryOAP

        What we want is for you to push off Jimmy. You are a perverted little troll.

      • HooksLaw

        Check out the rest of the world.

    • John Thomas

      He had no mandate. He did not win the election. What was his democratic authority for governing? (And the LibDems certainly did not win).

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