We read that the Av campaign has just got nasty. Some tell us the Coalition is under stress owing to the new tough rows going on. I don’t think so.
I do not believe Mr Huhne, after the referendum, will pursue the matter through the courts. When didn’t elections throw up contested claims and dubious facts? Have the Lib Dems never put out a leaflet which others thought misleading at best? How much does Mr Huhne think AV elections would cost?
I do not believe Dr Cable will resign because he thinks the government ought to let in more migrants than Mr Cameron will allow. I am still trying to work out why he thinks the Lib Dems are stopping unpopular policies within government, when he was the architect of the higher tuition fees policy which so far has aroused more protest than anything else. Nor do I think Mr Clegg really believes our present system of voting is a right wing plot, when it has been accepted by most people for many decades, and has elected socialist as well as Conservative governments.
The Lib Dems have to stick with the Coalition, whatever the result on 5 May. They after all are the believers in Coalition politics, so they have to go the extra mile to show us how it’s done in the national interest. They signed up to a 5 year Parliament and a 5 year programme, and voted through a piece of legislation to reinforce the 5 year run. Surely they would not tear up such a promise so soon after making it? How could they be trusted in any future coalition talks if that is the way they behaved this time round? What would they say to the electors about such a U turn, when the deal was a referendum on AV, not a guaranteed victory for AV.