Since last Thursday’s disaster for the Liberal Democrats, the Conservative party seem to have rather lost sight of their true place in Parliament.
To be more specific, they need to remember that they did not actually win the last general election and that without the support from the Liberal Democrats, they would not be in government at all.
Although this may come as a none too pleasant reminder to the right wing Tories who seem to think they are back in power on their own, it is nevertheless true that those Conservatives with a modicum of common sense should at least be considering the possibility of a conflict with their coalition partners; a conflict that would be more public than ever after last week’s local election and referendum result.
TheOpinionSite.org was astonished at just how vicious, manipulative and dishonest those members of the Conservative party who supported the ‘No’ campaign in the referendum on changing the voting system could actually be.
Indeed, the most worrying aspect of their behaviour was not the gloating and triumphalism that was so clear for all to see; rather it was the ignorance and arrogance they portrayed in not recognising that the Liberal Democrats would not only fight back but fight back with equal venom to that which the Conservatives dished out during last Thursday’s proceedings.
Watching the Home Secretary, Theresa May in Home Office questions in Parliament this afternoon, it was sad indeed to see that arrogance again; this time displayed from the Conservative front bench whilst at the same time the Liberal benches were almost deserted.
It was also notable – though not particularly surprising – that the Secretary of State for Justice, Ken Clarke who is in open warfare with the Home Secretary over reforms to the Criminal Justice System, was not in attendance.
Over the weekend there have been numerous Conservative politicians popping up on television screens and on the radio claiming that there should be no more concessions given to their Liberal Democrat colleagues. This is Tory arrogance of the worst type and shows that the Conservative party have learnt nothing from their 13 years in opposition, preferring instead to go back to their old ways and proving once again to the nation that they truly are the “nasty” party.
Whatever the effect of this familiar and assumed superiority upon their political partners, it does not bode well for the rest of us. In fact, for those of us who are old enough to remember it, it is beginning to feel very much like the resurgence of Thatcherism, something that we could all do without given how much damage it did during its original incarnation.
With an obsequious and smarmy Prime Minister, a Home Secretary who is showing all the signs of being strangled by the arrogance which only that office affords and a Deputy Prime Minister who seems to be frightened of his own reflection, things are not looking good for any of us, regardless of which side of the political fence you happen to be sitting on.
TheOpinionSite.org believes that there is very little doubt now that a war is brewing between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, particularly on the back benches of the House of Commons.
It will not be a quick or easy war either and is destined to last for the next four years and right up to the next general election. Expect to see plenty of political bloodshed in Downing Street.
It is undoubtedly true that the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg needs to reassert himself and to start putting a bit of stick about. If he does not, he will surely be out of a job within 12 months. The Liberal Democrats regard him as public enemy number one within their party at present and sympathy for last Thursday’s results are non-existent as far as he is concerned.
If the Liberal Democrats want to make the point that they are equal partners in this coalition government, something that the Conservatives totally deny, then this is the time to do it.
Whilst the Conservatives are keen to put the boot in and trample all over the Liberal Democrats, their arrogance has blinded them to the fact that as we have stated previously, the Liberal Democrats have it in their power to bring this government crashing down at any time of their choosing.
As Tony Blair demonstrated so effectively on so many occasions, the little blackmail goes a long way in Parliament.
It would not only be good to see the Liberal Democrats fightback and give the Conservative party a bloody nose but it is also very necessary if we are to have a balanced and rational government for the next four years. Whether you support the Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats is completely irrelevant at this point.
What is truly important is the need to ensure that the Conservatives are moderated and restrained in their behaviour – forcibly if necessary – and that we do not return to what was close to ‘right wing fascism’ as portrayed by Margaret Thatcher, continued by Tony Blair and seems to be an unfortunate aspiration of the current Prime Minister, David Cameron.