Our own Lib Dem County Councillor Sue Gymer clashes with Nick Clegg. Sue Gymer, the Chair of the South Cambridgeshire Lib Dem constituency party, said Mr Clegg’s decision to go back on his promise to fight tuition fee rises was morally wrong. That may or may not be the case but it is clear that despite being in coalition the Lib Dems have not yet learnt the need for collective responsibility. We know the Lib Dem ruling group in Cambridge City have very different views from the Lib Dem group at the County Council and it now seems they can’t support their national leadership.
Why is this important? Well, I guess it would be nice to know what the Lib Dems stand for and that is not obvious depending on who you talk to. What is clear is that they are 110% experts in complaining and moaning and pointing out why they think thinks are wrong and completely unable to suggest credible alternatives that might make things better. When they do manage to string a few thoughts together it is usually in an uncoordinated way with other policies and other Lib Dem groups. A potential pressure group they might be – a realistic party for governing they are not.
Read the Daily Mirror on the Gymer / Clegg dispute http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/2010/12/11/nick-clegg-fighting-for-his-political-life-after-tuition-fees-betrayal-sparks-fierce-grassroots-backlash-115875-22775576/