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Betraying themselves

By picking a fight with their coalition partners, the Lib Dems will only undermine themselves

By Ian Birrell   June 2011

An army of political obituarists is arguing that we are witnessing the suicidal spasms of one of our great political parties. Oceans of ink have been expended on the death throes of the Liberal Democrats. These views have been strengthened in May with the rejection of electoral reform and the party’s terrible local election results.

It is, of course, nonsense to write the party off after one year in office. But as Nick Clegg flails around in political panic, there are grave dangers he is about to make his problems even worse. As he searches for ways to convince voters…

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