Sunday, April 25, 2010

David Cameron leaves door open for poll deal with Liberal Democrats.

If one needed any further proof that David Cameron will reverse any stance in order to gain power, we got a further example of that yesterday.

Cameron insists that he still believes the first-past-the post system is the best for Britain. "I want us to keep the current system that enables you to throw a government out of office. That is my view," he says.

But when pressed on whether, in the event of a hung parliament, he would be prepared to discuss the Lib Dems' central demand for electoral reform – something he has always opposed until now – he declines to rule it out. When it was put to him that refusal to move on the issue could mean the Lib Dems teaming up with Labour to push through electoral reform anyway, the Tory leader says: "We think this is an important issue."

It's an "important issue" but you can bet your bottom dollar that Cameron will reverse what he believes is "best for Britain" if it looks like it will get him any nearer to Number Ten.

Clegg and the Liberal Democrats have always stood for proportional representation, so Clegg is sticking by his principles here. Cameron, on the other hand, is showing that he has none.

This is part of a pattern which has developed over the last few months. He believes in massive cuts to social services, until they prove unpopular, when he simply reverses what it is that he supposedly believes is "best for Britain".

The examples of him doing so are numerous. I'll give just one:

David Cameron voted for and argued for military action in Iraq. Then in February in a letter to Liberal Democrats – who had opposed military action - he said that he agreed with them on Iraq. But after being challenged in the House of Commons on his flip-flop by the Prime Minister, David Cameron reversed his position again.


‘I think it was right to remove Saddam Hussein. I think it was the right decision then and I still think it was right now.’

BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast, 21 October 2005

‘We faced a choice: do we enforce a stream of UN resolutions against Saddam, remove a key element of instability in the region and neutralise a continued threat - or should we back off? I thought then that, on balance, it was right to go ahead, and I still do now.’
FAQs,, 15 November 2005


‘Issues that once divided Conservatives from Liberal Democrats are now issues where we both agree. Our attitude to devolution and localisation of power. Iraq. The environment. I'm a liberal Conservative.’
Letter to constituents in Dunfermline and West Fife by-election, 7 February 2006

Supported again:

‘the Tory leader stressed he remains fully committed to the war in Iraq.’

The Sun, 8 February 2006

There is no position of Cameron's that is not open to future negotiation.

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