Letter from the Guardian
“When the Tories tried to push through changes to constituency boundaries because it would gain them more seats, they lost by 292 to 334 (Report, 30 January). Even if they had voted at full strength, they would still have lost by 301 to 334. It's a reminder that there is a potential anti-Tory majority in this Commons and that the reason we have a Tory-dominated government is simply that the Lib Dems chose in May 2010 to sign up to the Tory agenda. As Alex Salmond argued, the Lib Dems did not have to do this. The consequences of their decision are legion: Michael Gove's attacks on our education system, Andrew Lansley's Health and Social Care Act, the miseries heaped on so many by Iain Duncan-Smith's Welfare Reform Act, the cuts in the police and other public services. There was an alternative, yet hardly any of the delegates to the special Lib Dem conference in Birmingham was prepared to argue for it. Sad.
Letter in the Guardian 1/2/13