Paying the price
Public servants, public service users and the poor are going to pay most of the price for the slash and burn Emergency Budget.
But at least there is some justice as the Lib Dems are paying a heavy price politically for abandoning what might either have been their previous principles, or their previous cynical attempt to steal Labour votes by masquerading as being on the left, depending on which way you look at it.
Tonight's ICM poll says:
Con 41% (up 4% from the election)
Lab 35% (up 5%)
LD 16% (down 7.5%)
The good news is this is basically a return to a two-party system with the LDs projected to lose two thirds of their MPs.
The bad news is the Tories are not being damaged - in fact the opposite. We are winning the economic and cuts argument with the wing of the LDs' supporters who should always have been Labour anyway. We have yet to win it with the swing voters who actually decide the outcome of elections - there is not going to be some easy bounce back into a poll lead for Labour however gross and repugnant we may find the Coalition's actions.