Lib/Lab Pacts? No thanks
Sunder Katwala of the Fabians is a nice guy and a clever one too, but he's not covered himself in glory with his proposal for a pre-election Lib/Lab coalition in the New Statesman.
To quote Labour newsletter "Liberal Demolition":
"The most ludicrous and objectionable contribution the debate on the future direction of the Labour Party was made in the New Statesman this week by Fabian Society General Secretary Sunder Katwala. In his article he calls for a "pre-emptive progressive coalition" to be formed before the end of April, with the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats joining together as a political force and Gordon Brown appointing Nick Clegg as Deputy Prime Minister.
This would be a betrayal of the British electorate and Labour Party members as great as that of Ramsay MacDonald in 1931. In 2005 Labour was re-elected with a healthy majority of 66 MPs with a clear mandate for governing Britain. The Lib Dems failed to win over voters then with their soft-on-crime policies, pie in the sky spending promises, plans for local income tax and a 50% top rate of tax. Since then under Calamity Clegg they have lurched to the right, promising to cut public spending by £20 billion, but they are still soft on crime and their sums still don't add up.
The Labour Party has no mandate to hand power to these people. It would also be a slap in the face for Labour activists who are fighting the Lib Dems in council wards across the country and who know just how nasty and opportunist they can be.
Labour thinkers should know better than to peddle this nonsense."
Couldn't have put it better myself.