Sunday, August 01, 2010
Lib Dems down to 12% posted by Richard Seymour
The Libdems have fallen to 12% in the latest YouGov poll, published today in the Sunday Times.
The polls also show that Labour continues to gain from the party. It now stands at 38%, just 4 pts behind the Conservatives at 42%.
Prior to the election, I wrote:
Given the prevailing ideological disorientation, the absence of mass resistance to the recession, the hatred for the bankers, the contempt for the MPs who like big expense accounts and are on sale to American lobbyists, and the utter alienation from the main parties - well, given all this, a space is naturally opening for an 'honest broker' who can appear to transcend the "special interests" and efficiently manage our way through the present crisis. The trouble is, whoever governs for the next five years is about to watch that space disappear.
The Liberals' participation in what is openly a radical rightist attack on the welfare state has completely undermined their position as an 'honest broker', far more rapidly than the social polarisation produced by the cuts might have done had they not been part of the coalition. Much as I understand why some people were tempted by the Liberals before the 2010 election (less so why some thought the Liberals would complete some half-finished bourgeois revolution, Charter 88-style), I take sincere pleasure in their self-destruction.