Shocking news that the Lib Dems no longer want a more equal society, have given up on social justice and just want to be little rich kids like their Tory cousins, except that Simon Hughes says they never wanted it: "the loyalty and values of Liberal Democrat party members had not changed since the coalition with the Conservatives was formed".
While I never for one moment had them as a party of the left, they have always positioned themselves as the antidote to the Tories in Maidstone. And while some of the old fashioned left / right thinking has moved on, many of the principles of the left remain - social justice, equality, workers' right etc., etc.
It is not just these prinicples that people will be thinking about when they go to the ballot box in future years. In Maidstone people will vote tactically against the Tories (as proportional representation - i.e. modern democracy - remains a pipe dream) and they have often looked to the Lib Dems. Now that the Lib Dems have come out as Tory Lite, voters are going to be thinking twice about their claims to be anything but Tories.
I suspect that the local Lib Dem councillors will be thinking similar thoughts... next year's council elections will be interesting!