Ahead to starboard there was a rush of water and the Labour vessel broke the surface in a flurry of surf, it's battle damaged hull seemed to be self repairing and its' own sails billowing as it gained speed. On the deck the Labour activists and MP's were slowly losing the lesions and calluses of New Labour, they were being washed away to reveal something more pure and Labour in its original form. Captain Milliband, the new captain stood firmly at the wheel. "Arm the guns." he said in a soft but firm voice that sent up a cheer amongst the men.
"Ah she survived." Clegg smiled. This was almost better than facing the Tories on their own! The old ideological enemies would again be busy trying to out shoot each other that he could guide Endeavour past them and into the cove taking ground from each party and offering change, the change people wanted and that he promised. The smile intensified as the two competing vessels headed towards each other. This was going to be the easy victory he wanted.
The smile quickly faded as both vessels wheeled about and set a parallel course straight towards Endeavour.
"Orders Nick..." He could hear the panic in Cable's voice.
Something was seriously wrong, why were the two vessels working together? Why were they both coming towards them? His hand began to shake and he quickly gripped the handrail and gulped hard watching the party members and activists arming and preparing. He wondered how many still fully believed in the cause, in the party or even him. So many questions, so many doubts but he tried to look strong for the crew. But what should they do?
Across the waves the word "Fire" echoed as the Labour and Tory vessels drew level with Endeavour, then the roar of cannon filled the air and the crashing and splintering of wood. With each impact there seemed to be a voice resonating from the heavens.
"TUITION FEES!" - Bang
"FAILURE TO CANCEL TRIDENT!" -Bang
"BACKING DOWN ON GREEN POWER SOURCES." -Bang
"TORY YES MEN!" -Bang
"SELLING OFF ENGLAND'S FORRESTS" Bang!
"ABANDONNING COMPULSORY EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN." -Bang!
"SIDING WITH TORY POLICY THAT WAS HARSH AND UNFAIR TO DISABLED CITIZENS." -Bang!
"STANDING IDLY BY AS THE TORIES REMOVED COMPULSORY PE FROM SCHOOLS." -Bang!
All the while Liberal crewmen stood stoically by their guns, some being swept away as cannon shots impacted with them, their screams filling his ears as they slowly succumbed to the critics and failings of the party.
"Nick what do you command?!" Lieutenants Alexander and Huhne ran up the steps from the gun deck, their eyes full of terror as the Liberal dream began to be shattered by the stiff examination and the prowess of the other parties.
Nick looked on, his confidence shattered as the party was blasted apart. "It's just... good politics." he muttered
Alexander and Cable quickly exchanged glances and agreed quickly on a course of action. "Abandon ship!" The call spread quickly and with relief many Liberals jumped from the burning shattered decks. Many were glad to be jumping and free, many not supporting what the party had become, others not supporting the policies or the choices that the Admiral had made. A few stuck to their guns and awaited the order to fire, one independently was returning fire, it's voice clear but lost amongst the din.
"AV AND ELECORAL REFORM." -Bang
"HELP WITH THE DEFICIET." - Bang
"PUPIL PREMIUM." -Bang
But it was a lost cause, the vessel and the election was lost. All around him the Liberal dream, the vessel laid down by Thorpe and Steel, commanded so ably by Ashdown and Kennedy was coming apart under his command, burnt and shattered by a fullisade of broken promises and ridiculing the parties aims. The Admiral paced to the top of the steps and slowly step by step came down towards the gun deck. Behind him another fullisade struck each stair moments after each foot was raised from it turning it into a cloud of ruptured splinters..
With each strike he could hear the voice again.
"STUDENT PLEDGE." Bang.
"SOLD OUT PRINCIPLES" - Bang
"IGNORED PARTY MEMBERS." -Bang