To follow Caron's lead on this, what would I rather do than join the Labour Party?
- Become a Tottenham Hotspur fan (I loathe them);
- Walk along a mountain face precipice, Italian Job style (I suffer from a mixture of vertigo and claustrophobia);
- Wind the clock back and go to school naked as happened far too often in those bizzare dreams we all have as children;
- Sit in a room with David Coulthard for more than 10 minutes (those who know me well know that I have little time for that pompous prat of a lacklustre, talentless ex-Formula One driver);
- Appear on an Iceland advert (probably the worst made adverts in the history of TV advertising).
Well, I can't better Caron's observations which are spot on.
- Iraq - an illegal war, enough said;
- Implicating this country in complicity with torture;
- Letting down the poorest by increasing the gap between rich and poor;
- Failing to fix the roof when the sun was shining - meaning we all suffer as a result of their economic incompetence;
- Failing to regulate the banks, either before or after the crash;
- Wasting a fortune on illiberal ID cards;
- Their dissembling over the cuts in spending they would have made if they had won the election;
- The appalling mess they made of the Tax Credit system, and their treatment of thousands of poor families, forced to repay thousands they couldn't afford;
- Imposing control orders on people without telling them even what they were being accused of;
- Centralising public services to the detriment of people using them;
- Taking kids' DNA without parents' permission;
- Storing the DNA of innocent people;
- Running an inhumane and often brutal immigration system;
- Making a hash job of House of Lords reform;
- Refusing to carry out their election promise of brining in electoral reform.
I am not illiberal, I am not an authoritarian, I do not want to be ruled by the unions and I am not obsessed with centralisation. I therefore do not want to join the Labour Party.
A Lib Dem through and through
I am a coalitionist in as far as I believe that we need to be grown up enough to work with others to put the country back on the right track.
That doesn't mean that I agree with every policy that this government comes up with. Why should I? This government is mainly made-up of a Conservative Party that I have little time for. But we must accept that compromise is necessary to move the country forward.
I will disagree with the coalition when I feel it right to do so but that will not hide my pride in the fact that we as Lib Dems are putting our policies into government for the well-being of the people we represent for the first time at a UK-wide level for generations.
Labour had their chance and they blew it and you Mr Miliband sat around the Cabinet table when a number of those decisions were made.
I'd rather jump off a pier into the sea than join the Labour Party (I can't swim).