10. Leadership or Opportunism?
By breaking electoral promises, the LibDem leadership has metaphorically dumped raw sewage into the already murky British political waters. Broken promises to the electorate are just another form of environmental pollution.
In common with pollution of the natural environment, it may take some time for the full, cumulative effects of all this to play out. But adverse material consequences are sure to follow, and they will impact not just the LibDems, but all political parties. And by then, we can only hope that there is still time to do something about it.
In a world increasingly obsessed with short-term gain and with ‘what’s in it for me?’, these arguments may make little impact on pragmatists.
“[They] allowed the scent of power to overwhelm their moral judgement.” (Szerter)
Hard to argue with this assertion, but does it matter?
Yes, it does matter: whether you endorse the moral objections or not, there are also clear material objections if you look long and hard enough.
Leadership has no greater responsibility than to look ahead and to render the future as a material and influential consideration in the present.
If the goal is simply to seize short-term advantage, and to hell with the consequences, it’s not leadership. It’s just opportunism.