I confess to having a fairly vague idea of your policies, Nick, but then they have always been a bit fuzzy. But, however tenuously, you belong to the social democrat family, and you should not, under any circumstances, be shacking up with people who have allied themselves with the neo-fascist hard right in the European Parliament. You can do more good by joining with ex-social democrats, i.e., New Labour, to remind them of the heritage they have traduced. If you want to have some idea of what you might have to swallow in a Tory alliance, have a look at what they have done to Hammersmith and Fulham Council: selling off homeless shelters, cutting home care for the disabled, closing down facilities for young people, to mention only a few. Read the full story here, and then be afraid; be very afraid.