Lib Dems and Tories will have to merge
IF UKIP does well in the EU Parliament, the Lib Dems will go the same way as the SDP. What the SDP did was to merge with the majority of the Liberal Party. At the Lib Dems' annual conference Nick Clegg called for a future coalition government. The Liberal Democratic Party has lost a third of its membership, half of its councillors and is wallowing in the polls at around eight per cent. Lord Ashcroft says that the party is facing disaster in the 2015 general election. Prime Minister David Cameron has presided over a decline by a half of the Conservative's membership as traditional Tories defect to UKIP.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg need one another. Years ago the SDP and the Liberals came together to form the Lib Dems. The same is likely to happen between Clegg's Lib Dems and Cameron's Conservatives to become a Liberal Conservative or Radical party. The Lib Dems' nine MEPs are likely to be reduced to two in next year's European elections. They have pushed through Tory policies with zest. It will be virtually impossible to form a coalition with Labour and reverse policies with the same enthusiasm with which they implemented them.
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