Be strong, Liberal Democrats — don’t form a coalition.

Be strong, Nick Clegg and the Lib­er­al Democ­rats, and don’t get seduced into a coali­tion gov­ern­ment. A sop-seat in the Cab­i­net isn’t worth it. You won’t get to for­ward your agen­da. And the vot­ers, next elec­tion, won’t for­give you. This has hap­pened before, in 1979. It took the par­ty a gen­er­a­tion to recov­er.

There is anoth­er way. Look to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment for inspi­ra­tion. Sup­port the issues, not the par­ty. It doesn’t mat­ter to you which of the major par­ties is hold­ing the reigns of gov­ern­ment. You have pref­er­ences, sure, but those pref­er­ences sure­ly must be sub­or­di­nate to exer­cis­ing the man­date of the elec­torate. They didn’t vote for deals.

This route has oth­er advan­tages. You’ll be in the media all the time, and we now know you can do well there. With­out uncon­di­tion­al sup­port, the (admit­ted­ly remain­ing) excess­es of either party’s polit­i­cal agen­da won’t be able to be pushed by them. Your party’s opin­ion will count on every issue.

The last thing the UK needs right now is strong gov­ern­ment. Don’t get sucked into giv­ing us it.

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