No one party ‘won’ the General Election in 2010. So it was right that the Government should be formed from a coalition of two or more parties to address the dire financial situation inherited from the Labour administration of the previous thirteen years.
Households have to balance their budgets and nations are no different – spending more than you are receiving ends in disaster sooner or later. What the Liberal Democrats have done is to focus cuts as far as possible on those most able to bear them – the fact that the Tory right feels hard done by is a tribute to the success of the moderating influence of the LibDems.
Two million low-paid people taken out of paying tax altogether, the tax bill for anyone paying basic rate cut by £45 a month. Taxes on the wealthy raised so that those on annual incomes of over £150,000 will be paying on average an additional £1,300 a year in tax.
LibDems championed the Pupil Premium, which will provide £600 a year in the next school year for every schoolchild qualifying for free school meals or who has been on free school meals in the last six years. LibDems have extended free early years education to all disadvantaged two-year-olds.
Caring for the environment and reducing climate change are LibDem concerns – the Green Deal to be launched in the autumn will see the biggest home insulation programme ever, reducing energy bills and providing over 65,000 new jobs.
Of course as a junior partner we cannot get everything our own way – but the country is the better for having LibDems in government.