It’s three in the morning here in Canberra. The BBC is reporting that the Labour-Lib Dem negotiations have collapsed while George Pascoe-Watson, former political editor for the Sun, is tweeting about a Lib-Conservative coalition with cabinet posts for the Lib Dems.
The IEA’s Mark Littlewood isn’t surprised that the Lib Dems and the Conservatives are close to a deal:
Nick Clegg himself is something of a classical liberal who is suspicious of big government, sceptical of high spending government projects and a firm civil libertarian. His key appointee at the heart of the delicate negotiations with the Conservatives is David Laws, the party’s education spokesman, who is also firmly on the classical liberal or “Orange Book” wing of the party. Laws has been assiduously courted by the Tories for several years and is seen by many of his fellow party members as an oddity within the Liberal Democrat party, albeit a highly gifted one.
But on twitter the #dontdoitnick hashtag is going off. Lib Dem supporters who thought they were voting for an anti-conservative party are outraged and dismayed.
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