Letter: Blair and Lib Dems

Sir: Donald MacIntyre remarks that, like Tony Blair, Lloyd George was "fundamentally unsympathetic to the wastefulness of two parties competing for the same territory in the centre and centre left".

From the Liberal point of view - and over the entire 20th century, Labour's too - it was Lloyd George's arrogance that led to a century of Conservative Party domination. When the trade unionists approached Lloyd George to ask him to prosecute their case in Parliament, he sent them off with no firm commitment. They promptly decided to back Labour. Within a matter of years the Liberal Party was virtually extinguished.


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