… it makes the idea that the government would go ahead with the Draft Communications Data Bill, at least in anything other than a massively altered version, that bit less likely.
Against the current economic and political backdrop, both internal and external, to go ahead with a piece of legislation which:
- Costs money
- Makes it harder for new, small firms to compete and grow
- Isn’t in the Coalition Agreement
- Wasn’t in the Liberal Democrat manifesto
- Has never been Liberal Democrat policy
- Many activists feel very strongly about
would be bizarre, baffling, bewildering – and wrong.
It would also be the sort of blunder that would turn flights of fancy chats about leadership into serious speculation.
In other words, just the sort of thing a sensible party leader will run a mile from doing.