Amusing dissonance in quotes about the LibDems from Labour sources yesterday, official versus unofficial, tabloid versus broadsheet, on record versus background, elected politician versus “senior figure”.
(I know who I have my money on, and he has the initials MD)
“Even some Lib Dems have worked out that support for Nick Clegg and his party is in meltdown. After all those broken promises and propping up the Tories for nearly three years, the Lib Dems are getting what they deserve.”
Michael Dugher MP, Sunday Mirror
“The language we are using about Nick Clegg is strikingly different from what it was even three months ago. We’ve gone from being very, very angry with the Lib Dems to focusing on the Tories.”
Senior Labour figure, the Observer
I wouldn’t read too much into this. Michael Dugher’s job is to be robust for the cause, and both approaches are compatible: Labour can be softening privately to working with Nick Clegg in the future while being very critical of the decisions and choices he has made in the past.
Still, if this demonstrates our new, softer approach, I do wonder what we were saying six months ago!