The Liberal Democrats in north London have been asking people to sign a petition against Camden Council’s proposed library closures.
As a Camden resident I was particularly concerned to be contacted by a constituent. They informed me that last Saturday they had been approached outside the Tesco on England’s Lane, Belsize Park, by a member of the Lib Dems who had asked them to sign the petition.
Apparently a number of people were refusing to sign and pointing out (some quite angrily) to the activists that it was highly hypocritical given that the Liberal Democrats involvement in the Tory led coalition government that is responsible for the dramatic and far reaching cuts.
For years the Liberal Democrats have been able to act in opposition to any undesirable cuts at local and national level, safe in the knowledge that they were in no way responsible or answerable for the decision. It seems that some within the party have not woken up yet to their new political reality.
Some members of the Lib Dems are living in denial. If they believe, as I do, that these cuts are poorly thought out and go too far, that they are going to do lasting and irreparable damage to our communities, then it seems like they have one choice: leave the Liberal Democrats, join the Labour party, and start fighting for a fairer deal for our country.