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Strategically, the issue is The Third Party is no longer credible as a Labour vote splitter.

From the days of the Soc Dems with Shirley Williams and the rest, the splitters have made it possible for the Tories to push through policies that have no real electoral support.

I have no idea if Williams knew what she was doing, but considering she ended up working for Harvard and the Institute of Politics I wouldn't find it surprising.

Clegg is part of that long-lasting Third Party tradition, with the difference that his enabling has been overt rather than covert.

So we're back to Milliband's Blair-ish weak-tea third-wayism - which is better than having Tory nutters running around breaking things, but only marginally.

If I'm right I think we'll see another splitter movement during Milliband's second term; they're just too useful not to have one around.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Aug 6th, 2012 at 06:22:22 PM EST
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