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Montgomerie: With every passing day the Liberal Democrats are dragging the Coalition further away from the Conservative manifesto

August 26, 2011 11:03 AM

• [Aug 22] Tim Montgomerie*: . . THERE'S more than enough evidence for my theory that, over time, it's been the Liberal Democrats who are increasingly flexing their . . muscles and pulling the government leftwards (my theory of this Coalition). Take this morning where we have three clear examples of the Liberal Democrats having a big influence:

(1) Human rights laws: We have Nick Clegg in The Guardian arguing that the human rights laws are essentially sound: "I will refuse to let human rights laws be weakened". Cameron's promise to Sunday Express readers looks impossible for him to meet.

(2) £1.8 billion of new regulations . .

(3) Control of immigration: . . At every turn the Lib Dems have frustrated Damian Green and Theresa May's efforts. This is the number two issue for voters and failure on this pledge won't easily be forgiven . .

The seven other areas of major Lib Dem influence are, I'd suggest:

(4) Green policies . .

(5) Opposition to growth measures . .

(6) Even loading of the public spending cuts . .

(7) Opposition to renegotiation with Europe . .

(8) Thwarting of the NHS reforms . .

(9) Nothing serious is happening on family policy . .

(10) The dog's breakfast of tuition fees . .

* Editor of ConservativeHome: http://conservativehome.blogs.com/

• With every passing day the Liberal Democrats are dragging the Coalition further away from the Conservative manifesto [Montgomerie Aug 22]