The formation of a Conservative-Liberal coalition government finally blows apart the lazy assumption that the Lib Dems are natural bedfellows of the Labour Party. Or that the party is a subset of some entirely fictitious centre-left “progressive alliance”. It has always suited the Labour party and left-leaning LibDems to perpetuate the myth that there was some sort of philosophically coherent anti-Tory block that always secures more than 50 per cent of the popular vote. This week’s historic events leave that assertion in tatters.
Although the Parliamentary arithmetic was such that a stable government could only really be forged by a coming together of Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs, the truth is that Nick Clegg would always have preferred to work with Cameron’s Tories anyway. This may, in part, be down to personal chemistry, but more significantly it reflects the fact that the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister share a similar political narrative and outlook. Namely that expensive, big government, state-run projects don’t just tend to fail, but actually crowd out more benign, more efficient and more rewarding private, individual efforts. Both Clegg and Cameron instinctively seek to find policy solutions that remove the dead