A contributor accused me of unfairness in my attempted independent analysis of what contributions the Lib Dems have made to coalition. I have reviewed it in the light of the news and views coming from their conference.
Mr Davey obligingly reinforced my view of the main difference – the Lib Dems want more windfarms and dearer “green” energy, the Conservatives want cheaper energy with more gas. Mr Davey went out of his way to criticise Conservatives in general and Mr Paterson in particular for being anti wind farm.
The Conference voted in favour of the tuition fees policy Dr Cable created in government, confirming my view that Lib Dems have radically changed their position on this issue after campaigning in 2010 against tuition fees.
Today the conference is likely to back the Coalition budget strategy and general economic policy, despite noises off from Dr Cable, Lord Oakeshott and a few of his friends. There has been no great split with Conservatives on the so called “austerity” policy, of reducing the growth rate in public spending.
The Lib Dems duly announced their Bag tax, with some Conservatives worried that it will be dubbed a tax on shopping.
The one pleasant surprise was to hear this morning that Lib Dems are considering adopting an EU referendum as policy again, as they did prior to 2010. It was a pity they dropped this policy once in government.