Instead it may set off a once-in-a-century upheaval in the structure of British politics, with the Liberal Democrats displacing Labour as the dominant part of the Left in a neat reversal of the process that began almost 100 years ago with the defeat of David Lloyd George.
Not convinced it\’s going to happen but here\’s a thought.
The Liberals were, to a large extent, the concerned middle classes trying to make things better for the working class. Labour came along in the 1890s, 1900 (roughly?) timespan and said, great, thanks, we working class folk\’ll do this for ourselves.
A century later, Britain doesn\’t really have a working class. We\’ve a lumpenproletariat (to use Marx\’s phrase) and various flavours of middle class, but outside such trivia as eating dinner at lunchtime and a cooked tea at 5 pm we\’ve not really got much identifiable as a working class.
So why should there be a party claiming to speak for the working class that isn\’t there? Why Labour at all?