It is nigh-on impossible for the Lib Dems to win the upcoming election, even if they improve their share massively. Our first-past-the-post system just doesn’t give them that chance.
However, the ability and growing intention (seemingly) of the public to make their displeasure with the ruling classes clear by contemplating a vote for the Lib Dems makes for some interesting dynamics.
- If Clegg is a minority partner in a hung parliament, a chunk of the media (especially Murdoch-led) has made a bad bet.
- Boris makes the himself and the Tories look stupid (I loved the comment about the sheer ignorance that means BoJo can discuss a Â£1,000 bet; other columnists get Â£1,000 for 25 years’ service!).
- Pundits are confused: e.g. Nick Robinson.
Bring it on!