The LibDems violated trust and got punished for it. The new leader of the Lib Dems will have a difficult task to define what a new Lib Dem party stands for, and a further challenge to get people to believe it. Is there room for two pro-EU green parties?
There were many reasons for the Lib Dem meltdown at the election, but their outrageously anti-democratic stance on the EU was a big one. On that issue they showed they were neither liberal nor democratic, and voters punished them for it
Yes, we all know that a protest party is going to lose out if they go into government. But the real reason the LibDems got slaughtered is because there are too many alternatives for Lefties to vote for: Green, SNP, Plaid, and Labour. This isn't going to change, meaning the wipeout is permanent
Ed Miliband would bust an economy that Cameron has rescued. A Labour win would be a disaster for Britain. UKIP voters (and even LibDems) will have to vote tactically to keep this country afloat, and keep Miliband out of Number 10. That's how it all breaks down on May 7
No doubt Cameron won the battle for credibility in Thursday's half-baked leaders' discussion. He did very well, and Milband was so bad it was almost funny. He blew it, and may never recover from the Yorkshire drubbing. But where the heck was Nigel Farage?
The major parties offer a fresh bribe each day. They are now cross-dressing with Dave chanting the socialist mantra of welfare from the cradle to the grave, and Ed calling on assistance from old Auntie Prudence. As for a Labour/SNP government, it's too awful to contemplate. Help!
The abysmal leaders' debate was a product of our abysmal politics. Four of the seven leaders were Left-populists; one was a Left-totalitarian; Farage was a total one trick pony on immigration; Cameron looked as though he didn't want to be there, which of course he didn't. What a fiasco British politics now is
The old guard, in the media and the public too, will raise a cynical smile about the shambolic row over the leadership debates: "Well, this is politics. It's dirty. Get over it." But why should we get over it? We're sick of the old politics, let's have something new
With polls showing Labour faces wipe out on Scotland at the hands of the SNP we cannot ignore the demands for more Home Rule for England. But the LibDems seem as determined as Labour to deny England justice
The truth is the LibDems' main problem is that they're a rubbish party. They're basically Labour minus the trade unions and the working class: a bunch of narcissitic, middle class Lefties with the charisma of the ten a penny United Nations functionary most of them aspire to be
UKIP represents a new kind of politics whose deeper dynamics established parties and old media appear barely to understand. Farage versus Clegg was a historic event and Cameron and Miliband have no idea how much they blew it by not attending