The #LibDems had three choices at #GE2010:

1. Form a coalition with Labour and the other smaller parties (there wasn't the numbers, without including other parties too).

This required Labour to be on-board, before approaching others.

Labour refused.

theguardian.com/politics/2010/…
Labour really really REALLY weren't on-board... 🙄

#TheWillOfThePeopleEtc

2. They could have refused to form a coalition at all, forcing a re-run of #GE2010, potentially electing a Tory government five years earlier.

We could now be in our 8th year of a Tory government.

The last three years without The #LibDems in office have been bad enough. 😐
3. The third option is the one they took - coalition with The Tories.

Even though The #LibDems were outnumbered 5:1, they managed to block a number of awful Tory policies coming to fruition.

markpack.org.uk/129190/what-th…
The perceived wisdom is that The #LibDems enabled every Tory policy, which is patently untrue.

Compromises were made - but that's the nature of all coalitions.

Overall, The Lib-Dems kept The Tories in check for five years.

dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2…
This isn't revisionism. The clashes between The #LibDems and The Tories were well-documented at the time...

Nick Clegg, as Deputy PM, was constantly at war with Theresa May's xenophobic Home Office.

theguardian.com/politics/2013/…
When MPs voted in 2011 (DURING THE COALITION) on whether or not to hold an #EURef, 98% of #LibDems MPs voted AGAINST this.

#ToryEnablers???

p.s. 100% of @TheGreenParty's MPs voted FOR an #EUref 🙄

amp.theguardian.com/politics/2011/…
The #LibDems stalled any renewal of Trident for five years while in coalition, due to their Trident Renewal Alternatives Report.

p.s. AFTER the coalition, NO #LibDems MPs voted for the renewal of Trident in 2016.

amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/j…
Mistakes WERE made...

However, The #LibDems' #GE2017 manifesto would have scrapped The Bedroom Tax.

And it was LABOUR who first piloted "The Under-Occupancy Penalty" scheme in 2001.

Like Tuition Fees, The Bedroom Tax was created under a Labour govt.

publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200102/cm…
LABOUR promised to NOT raise tuition fees in their #GE2001 manifesto.

It's on page 20, downloadable here:

politicsresources.net/area/uk/e01/ma…

Once re-elected to a MAJORITY govt., THEY then tripled fees in 2004.

Timeline, here:

theguardian.com/education/2004…

#LibDems DIDN'T have MAJORITY govt.
Prior LABOUR acts, The Post Office Act 1969, and The Postal Services Act 2000 enabled its later full privatisation.

Labour PM, Gordon Brown, wanted to partially privatise The Royal Mail in 2009.

amp.theguardian.com/politics/2009/…
And The #LibDems are currently in a coalition with LABOUR in the Welsh government.

Far from being "Tory enablers" it's more accurate to state that they're constantly willing to put aside tribalism, for the greater good.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Jon…
Oh... And while we're dispelling myths...

The "plastic bag law in return for supporting benefit sanctions" was A BLUFF.

The #LibDems offered the Tories a white elephant, to get what was necessary.

The Lib-Dems KNEW the sanctions wouldn't pass.

The Tories (being thick) didn't.
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