When Nick Clegg accepted David Cameron’s offer of a Tory-Lib Dem coalition, the UK stood in complete shock. Logic and reasoning alone justifies how inconceivable such an idea can be. To a critical thinker, May 11th 2010 may as well be named ‘dooms day’, but to the ordinary reader, the introduction of Cameron-Clegg era may be considered ‘new’, ‘fresh’ and perhaps even ‘successful’.
Despite the numerous attempts to portray the Conservative party as modern and greener, generally, it still continues to be known as “the same old Tories” throughout Britain. But who exactly are the Liberal Democrats and why is this new coalition not just puzzling, but extremely bizarre?
The Liberal Democrats are direct descendents of the Whig Party. During the mid nineteenth century, under the influence of Lord John Russell and John Bright, it was reformed and renamed as the ‘Liberal Party’. By the late nineteen eighties, it united with the Social Democrats to form the ‘Liberal Democrats’. With this in mind, the Liberal Democrat can hardly call itself a new party.
Now to the question of why the coalition is so bizarre. Firstly, historically, the Whig Party was possibly the only direct opposition party against the Tories until the end of David Lloyd George’s term as PM. This ‘end’ witnessed a transition of power – the Labour Party grew, the Liberal Party declined. Secondly, presently, the Liberal Democrats policies are far more interlinked with the Labour Party than with the Conservatives. Finally, as many across the country may be thinking, “a vote to the Lib Dems was to keep the Tories out, so why then is Nick shaking hands with a politician that is least likely to bring success to this country?” (Sara, London).
Again, puzzling and extremely bizarre. However, at least the citizens have five whole years to come to grips with this Cameron-Clegg alliance. Until then, let the word ‘hope’ echo across the country.