Nick Clegg’s Cameron-lite approach is unsettling London Liberal Democrats

A local Liberal Democrat councillor sidled up to me while I was waiting for a bus in Crouch End earlier today (side note: the wait was another example of the stealthy degradation of the bus service since the election of Mayor Boris Johnson) to tell me that he thought the Greens were doing very well in Stroud Green.  He confirmed what I have been hearing from other sources that the Green Party with its radical edge and apparent principled approach to policy is beginning to make Liberal Democrats in London very jumpy that they are being outflanked.

Apparently, their fear is that the Cameron-lite approach being adopted by Nick Clegg is turning off many people who might otherwise be their supporters and that the voters they are losing are turning to the Greens (paticularly now that climate change is so topical and becoming a more significant political issue).  This is clearly bad news for sitting MPs like Lynne Featherstone and Sarah Teather …..

5 thoughts on “Nick Clegg’s Cameron-lite approach is unsettling London Liberal Democrats”

  1. Clegg is a tory, and so is his wife.

    When Labour gets closer to the lead in the polls he may well try and move left.

    All that posturing is not shifting anyone, while Chameleon’s PR stunts have made the Tories a bit more gay/black/female friendly, though not anything like enough for them to be a civilised party.

    On the key election issue of public debt he may extend the idea of his Mansion Tax to all wealth perhaps? The Liberals have long had a rep for what appear to be innovative taxes which remain of interest solely to their activists . . . .

  2. Hard right Tories are great admirers of the Green Party (the Irish one) and the ‘radical edge and apparent principled approach to policy’ cutting public sector pay, cutting child allowance, whilst keeping tax breaks for big business. Since the link up with the Respect Party, the Greens are loosing members to the Liberal Democrats.

    If Cleggy was really a Tory, he would have joined the Conservatives. Remember he had a job in Leon Brittain’s private office, as a EU policy adviser. Brittain tried to get him to become a Conservative, with that sort of patronage Cleggy would have risen through the ranks.

  3. The Labour party were described as watered down Tories. Currently ZaNuLabour are more right wing. Why folks mention the Liberals is beyond me, they havent governed in almost a century.

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