Exactly how stupid are Labour?
The momentum behind a Lib-Lab coalition seems at the time of writing to be slipping away, as one braindead Labour MP or grandee after another comes out to argue against it in front of an eager media. If Labour's 1983 election manifesto was the longest suicide note in history, today's collected BBC News interviews could be among the shortest.
Because here's what happens if Labour retards like David Blunkett, John Reid, Tom Harris and Wee Dougie Alexander scupper this agreement.
1. There will be a massive, MASSIVE backlash against Labour in Scotland. Scotland as a nation votes overwhelmingly tactically against the Tories, as clearly seen in results like those of Jim Murphy (Lab) and Pete Wishart (SNP) on Thursday. The SNP have offered to support a progressive alliance aimed at keeping the Tories out, and if idiot Labour MPs are the ones who block it and let the Tories in, they will not be forgiven.
A poll a couple of weeks ago showed that support for Scottish independence would almost DOUBLE if the Tories won this election. If they win it in this particular manner, though, with Labour offered power on a plate by the SNP but throwing it back in their faces, that support could turn into a runaway train in the Holyrood general election due in less than 12 months.
Independence, or even just Labour losing a large number of seats in their biggest UK stronghold, would in itself almost end Labour's hopes of ever commanding a UK majority again.
2. It's said that the Labour dimwits opposing the Lib-Lab pact believe they can take advantage of a massively unpopular Tory government imposing terrifying cuts over the next five years, and therefore get back into power at a subsequent election. But the Tories have plans to deal with that.
Their manifesto pledge to reduce the number of MPs by equalising (ie gerrymandering) constituency sizes will favour the Tories enormously. Labour's chances of achieving a majority, however unpopular the Tories are, will grow still tinier. (And let's remember, the last time Labour tried this strategy they were out of power for EIGHTEEN YEARS.)
3. The Lib Dem vote is likely to crumble to dust if they blow this gilt-edged once-in-a-generation chance at securing power/PR. Their voters will – quite reasonably – react with disillusionment and disgust, and around twice as many Lib Dem marginals are fought against the Tories as against Labour. So the Tories are the most likely beneficiaries of a Lib Dem collapse, further locking in the prospect of a perpetual Tory majority.
All that, of course, is only the result for Labour itself. The results for the British electorate, well, they hardly bear thinking about.
If you live anywhere near Tom Harris, Douglas Alexander, David Blunkett or John Reid, do your country a favour and go round and punch them into a coma before it's too late, eh?