Yesterday, in common, I suspect, with all other Liberal Democrat members for whom the party has an Email address, I received a letter from David Laws which claimed that there is "no money left", the "nation's finances (are) in an utterly ruinious state" and that "irresponsible decisions (have been) inherited."
Well, maybe so and maybe not. But it is this predictable knee-jerk "put the blame on the last lot" reaction which turns people of politics and politicians. Part of the task of the coalition is to restore faith in politics. We shall not do so by continuing sniping as usual. If we must have "savage cuts" (and I have the gravest of doubts: see posts "Economic Crisis," 8th April and "The Solution that Dare Note Speak its Name," 27th April) then let them quietly get on with it, doing as little damage as possible, and like grown ups, take any flak that arises from what is essentially a wrong-headed policy.