April 6: Liberal Democrats’ stabilising role deserves recognition

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From: Gerald Hodgson, Spennithorne, Leyburn.

I WAS pleased to read in your Editorial (The Yorkshire Post, April 1) recognition of the stability that the Liberal Democrat involvement in the coalition has brought to the nation.

The situation five years ago was dire and a government without an overall majority would have struggled from day one. The result would probably have been another election within a short time, with all the uncertainty that entails. Instead we have had a coalition Government able to agree on policies and implement them.

I believe that the Liberal Democrats deserve a lot of credit for the considerable degree of success of this Government with policies that in many instances have been influenced in favour of the Lib Dem approach. Of course, there have been many instances when they have had to concede to the Conservative view, the student fees issue being the one frequently cited.

Liberal Democrats draw their support from Inverness to Truro and all points between, the only truly one nation party, and deserve the opportunity to influence Government policy again.

From: Dave Haskell, Penparc, Cardigan, Ceredigion.

THE recent Seven Samurai political debate on television (where was Northern Ireland?) was very predictable as only one warrior spoke with courage, commitment and the truth, and it was Nigel Farage who presented the cold hard facts of life – much to the discomfort of the rest.

The others more or less, complimented the ‘Emperor on his new fine clothes’ – surely they must all be rubbing shoulders with Alice in Wonderland? Another so-called warrior did stand out though, and that was straight talking (I’m so sorry) Nick Clegg – with the students’ scalps still hanging from his belt, he treacherously turned on his recent coalition colleague – I cannot imagine any decent and rational thinking person voting for this pseudo-repentant Judas!

Finally, it is truly enigmatic that a question on the pitiful state of the UK energy strategy was not asked. Make no mistake, for without an intelligent and workable energy strategy we are all heading for deep trouble!

From: Andrew Suter, Station Road, Ampleforth.

LABOUR has had a case of severe political amnesia recently. Given it is only five years since all this mismanagement and the same people are still in charge of the Labour Party, there is no reason to think things would be different this time around.