'Lib Dems are flushing their promises away'
While David Cameron has worked hard trying to kid voters that the Tories are a million miles away from the Thatcher era of poll tax, pit closures and the de-industrialisation by hugging hoodies, posing with huskies and embracing gay rights, the now inappropriately named Liberal Democrats appear to have traversed in the opposite direction, as more of their principles and election promises are flushed around the political u-bend, no doubt propelled by their exhilaration at being allowed to be photographed emerging from a ministerial jag.
This week, Liberal Democrat Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson excitedly showcased the Coalition's latest attack on workers' rights, slashing the statutory redundancy consultation period from 90 to 45 days – a measure that even Margaret Thatcher wasn't prepared to consider. I confess, I never spotted that one in the Lib Dem manifesto.
Over the last three years, the 90-day period has seen employers and trade unions work together to acclaim from all sides of the political spectrum introducing measures – often reducing hours – in order to avoid workers losing their jobs and depriving companies of valuable skilled workers, which has seen a considerable number of companies whether the storm.
I look forward immensely to coming face to face the next canvasser who knocks on my door to tell me that Labour and the Tories are indistinguishable and to vote Lib Dem for a new and bolder Britain.