One of the things that irritates me about the Tories in opposition is that, unlike Labour, they have not learnt from their mistakes. They seem to have the unfortunate tendency to think that 1997 (where they experienced their heaviest defeat) was a blip, a protest vote. They seem to fail to realise that two aspects of their psyche, the dirty tricks and the desire to privatise every institution, is not shared by the electorate which seems to be essentially Social Democratic. To be fair though, many of them are not like that individually, but as a political party the story is sadly different.
So it is that this week we have seen this badly hidden Tory nature emerge. First of all there is the story, rather intriguing one at that, that it seems that Tory Central Office was behind some of the smears against Nick Clegg and Osborne may well have been involved in particular. If true, then it is a sad state of affairs and says (not for the first time) about Cameron's judgement in picking this individual as his Economic spokesman. Are the Tories really serious about him becoming Chancellor?
The 2nd story is about the constant fear many of us have that the Tories will privatise the BBC. They say they won't and some put it down to paranoia, but 45 respected individuals inc David Tennant have written to the Observer with a different point of view.
If there is going to be a hung Parliament, the Liberal Democrats must ask themselves whether it is the Conservatives or Labour who are worth supporting in terms of protecting value and quality in our services and, given the recent attacks on them, whether it is worth their self respect in supporting the Conservatives