I've just watched Nick Clegg on the Andrew Marr show (24min 30sec in) and I have come to a few conclusions. Nick has (in my opinion) aped David Cameron and duplicated Conservative policies (apart from on the EU) from the day he was installed as Lib Dem leader. This is a exceedingly dodgy strategy to lead the Lib Dems into the next general election. It could work out one of two ways: The Lib Dems could steal votes from the Conservatives by appealing to those who agree with Conservative policy, but find it difficult due to past loyalties, to vote Tory. Or it could be a total disaster if the electorate realise that both the Lib Dems and the Conservatives have the same plans for the UK, but only one party has any real chance of being elected - making any vote for Nick Clegg a waste of ink.
If your party is consistently performing poorly in the polls and you have to change your policies to imitate another party, then surely your party is dead and buried. Lib Dem policies of the past have proved to be wishy-washy pie in the sky and the people have tried them and realised that they just don't work. We have soft prisons, poor discipline in schools, a shameless society and a weak police force - not to mention a generation of kids who have been taught that competition is unfair. It's been a hard lesson for all of us, and it will take a long time to reverse the damage caused. Lib Dems reading this will say how can you blame us for the state of the country when we haven't been in power for ages? Well I think you have. The Labour party has been a haven for Liberals desperate for power, who have realised that they have no chance of achieving their ambitions with the Lib Dems.
Nick Clegg is taking up a Conservative position because he has woken up to the fact that the country has had enough of Social liberalism and Social democracy. We have a generation of underclass who know no shame and think it is their right to live off the tax payer. We have a criminal system that seems geared around the rights of the criminal rather than the victim. We have thousands of kids who have been diagnosed with ADHD, when in fact many are just obnoxious and unruly little thugs in need of discipline. We have a convention on human rights which makes it impossible to eject those who would do us harm from our own country. We have a government willing to give away our sovereignty to a EU superstate without a promised democratic vote.
I look forward to a Conservative government. I look forward to an era of common sense leadership to drag our nation out of its descent into the gutter.