During the election both my Tory and Labour counterparts were sure of one thing - a vote for me was a vote for the other party! My conservative opponent kept inviting me to sign his silly pledge, which invited me to "never ever vote in parliament to support a continuation of Gordon Brown and Labour in Government" (presumably he wouldn't have voted with the Conservative whip in previous parliaments to support Labour then!). My Labour opponent put out charming postcards saying "A vote for the Lib Dems is a vote for Cameron"
Now the silly season is over we have seen a change. My natural instinct, as a northerner with a memory of the Tories decimation of Northern industry, would have been reluctantly to work with Labour. However, it is quite clear that Labour have intentionally set out to wreck any coalition talks whilst pretending they want them. Yet again Labour are putting tribal instincts above the national instincts. Two examples of this were an absolute refusal to talk to the other minor parties who would have been essential if Labour wanted to keep in power and the way in which many senior Labour politicians were briefing against a Labour - Lib Dem coalition.
They desperately want to get back into opposition so they can label whatever government takes over and has to clear up their mess as being a vicious pro cuts party. So when your Labour candidate comes round with the usual rubbish at the next election, remember if you voted Labour you voted for a Tory government. I trust that our negotiating team will push for a fairer tax system, civil liberties improvements and political reform. That would be more than Labour gave the people for 13 years.