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Bunch of disgruntled Lib Dems resort to plan B

By Angela Harbutt
November 1st, 2011 at 3:49 pm | 14 Comments | Posted in Liberal Democrats

The Guardian reports today that “Economic plan failing, grassroots Lib Dems say in first sign of revolt” . Well, hardly. It’s a letter in the Guardian stating that a handful of  Lib Dems back the somewhat flawed Compass Plan B. (Hardly Lib Dem 2010 manifesto btw).

Still, the Guardian letter does have some impressive signatures….. “a group of senior Lib Dem figures and former parliamentary candidates”… hmm…Prof Richard Grayson, Ruth Bright, Linda Jack,  Margaret Phelps, Nick Rijke,  Prof Stephen Haseler, Simon Hebditch, Dr Jo Ingold, Cllr Ron Beadle and Cllr Stephen Knight.

Err hang on were these not the very same Lib Dems (give or take the odd person) who back in February of this year signed up to Labour’s policy making process.  To be clear those signing up back in Feb were (drum roll please) ...Prof Richard Grayson, Ruth Bright, Linda Jack,  Margaret Phelps, Nick Rijke,  Prof Stephen Haseler, Simon Hebditch, Dr Jo Ingold, Cllr Ron beadle plus Tim Starkey and Prof John Howson. At the time Prof Richard Grayson said ..Some of these people have expressed concern about the coalition and the direction of the party, some are relatively happy with both and are engaging because they believe in pluralism”Well it seems clear that it was Starkey and Howson who were the believers in pluralism then.

As Simon McGrath states so brilliantly over on LDV (comments)  “Their excuse for this at the time was that they were going to help convert Labour to Lib Dem policies. It now appears they they have been converted to Labour policies.” Or as Dave Page says somewhat more bluntly (comments)… “nice to see a bunch of self-important party wannabe-slebs shooting us in the foot in public“.  That is a probably rather harsh..Some of these people are bright, genuine, engaging people.. It’s just their approach that sucks and, whatever their intention, they haven’t done the party or, indeed the SLF, any favours today…

..And surely the Guardian headline should read .. “Bunch of disgruntled Lib Dems resort to plan B” . No story there then.

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