Lib Dems 'can learn Plaid's coalition lesson'. After all to concentrate on a rivals poor results in the Welsh Assembly Elections draws attention from the fact that under her leadership in Wales the Libdems
- Where reduced from 6 to 5 seats in a Assembly of 60
- So a huge fall in their vote especially in seats that they were running a close second.
- Saw 17 of their candidates lose tier deposits.
To be fair to her however it was hardly her fault , for she had grabbed the headlines with her attacks on the way the Assembly Government were running the NHS here and although there was an element of shroud waving she appeared to be the leading opposition member in the Assembly.
Like wise the Libdem also managed to gain some headlines on Education with which figuers that shows that the total spent on average per pupil in Wales is £604 less than the total spent per pupil on average in England. Though this has been masterfully shown to be a false argument by John Dixon in his Borthlas Blog.
But event this use of the gift of attacking government on the NHS and Education. Subjects that I doubt the public would never give a satisfied approval rating on. The Libdems in Wales suffered from reaction against their colleagues participation in a Tory led coalition.
If La Pasionaria is loking for lessons . Then I suggest she looks at the Libdems sister party in Germany the Free Democrats. (FDP)
In the national vote on September 27, 2009 the FDP increased its share of the vote by 4.8% to 14.6%, an all-time record so far. This percentage was enough to offset a decline in the CDU/CSU's vote compared to 2005, to create a CDU-FDP governing coalition in the Bundestag with a 53% majority of seats.
Since then however the FDP have had a drubing in a nuber of State Elections this year
In Hamburg they did manane to gain 9 seats but
In Saxony-Anhalt they lost all their 7 seats
In Rhineland-Palaaden-Württembergtinate They lost all their 10 seats
In Baden-Württemberg election 2011 they lost 8 of their 15 seats .
In Bremen they lost al thier five seats
In the latest poll in Berlin they filled to win a seat.
In comparison The FDP partners the CDU/CSU have fared better and it is the junior partner that the voters appear to be deserting in droves
Though its not something Labour should look at with relish.For the Opposition SPD have not been doing very well either .
The big winners in all these Elections have been the Greens and they now have ea seat in every Landtag and now lead tjhe administration in Baden-Württemberg. and it is of interest that Germany has not turned to right wing parties . In Berlin the Pirate party a libertarian group concerned with civil rights on the internet for example won 15 seats.
Only in Scotland perhaps so far has any Party appeared to have gained overwhelmingly from voters disillusionment with the Libdems in the Westminster coalition where the SNP seemed to have had almost total gain in these votes.
Why didn't this happen in Wales? Well here La Pasionaria may be right in her analysis but I very much doubt that knowledge of the problem facing her party will help her or the LibDems in the rest of the UKin the long run.