What is Labour hearing?

In the UK the Liberal Democrats bubble has burst.

That was the epiphany. It doesn?t matter what newspaper columnists, Westminster insiders or the Lib Dems themselves plan for the party?s future: there isn?t one. This generation of voters will never forgive them for tuition fees; neither those who attended university themselves, nor those who have children they hope to send there.

In a brutal act of political symmetry, it is this very group of voters from whom Liberal Democrats have, hitherto, disproportionately drawn their support. It doesn?t matter what I think of the case for such fees, and it doesn?t matter what Mr Clegg says in justification of them.

The combination of the financial hammering that families of students now face, combined with the juddering difference between the pre- and post-election Lib Dem position, has finished them.

I?ve heard that sound of mocking derision before, you see. I was a Tory leaflet deliverer in 1997.

No one is interested, any longer, in how the Lib Dems position themselves politically. For all the traction Mr Clegg has left with his target audience, he may as well continue to be televised, goldfish-style, with the sound turned down. Too many voters have heard quite enough from Nick.

I wonder if Labour is hearing the sound of mocking derision here? I would think so.

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