I have consistently maintained that the Liberal Democrat party is an anachronism, a perversion and general waste of political space. So imagine my joy in recent weeks at discovering that the remaining members of the Liberal Democrat party are starting to agree with me.
First there was the Lib Dem MP Jeremy Browne saying in April that the party had become ‘pointless’. And now there is the Lib Dem peer Lord Oakeshott saying that under Nick Clegg the Lib Dems have become a ‘split-the-difference centre party, with no roots, no principles and no values.’
I am relieved to see this, and look forward to welcoming similar statements of support for my position.
But grave-dancing is an unattractive sport, and the point of this blog is really to point to the far bigger issue of the Conservative party’s current travails. I have written this week’s magazine cover and it is on the lessons that David Cameron should learn – and almost certainly will not learn – from last week’s European election. Primarily I suggest that immigration, which the PM promised to bring down, but which has actually gone up on his watch, is an issue which deserves serious attention.
You can read the full piece here. Meanwhile I am off to canvas more support from the remaining rank of Liberal Democrats.