One more reason to despise the Lib Dems
Well done to Councillor Bob Piper who noticed Nick Clegg’s glorious moment of political principle this morning on Andrew Marr’s show.
On a possible coalition with the Conservatives as a result of a hung parliament, Clegg commented “Of course I won’t answer that. The electorate haven’t spoken and it would be arrogant to pre-empt what the electorate might say.”
Roughly translated that means, “There’s no chance in hell you’re catching me out with that one. If I say we will go into coalition with the Tories, all those idiot little Leftie souls who abandoned Labour as a result of Blair won’t vote for us. If I say I won’t, then I can’t get my grubby little paws on a Ministerial portfolio.”
What annoys me most is the potential for Clegg to go into government with Cameron. The idea that bothers me is not that power will be grasped by one of the most politically opportunistic people of the modern age. It’s that all the irritating little wannabes who I know that have joined the Lib Dems because it’s ‘more left than Labour’ will find some way to justify it to themselves.
It won’t matter that the Tories will never allow themselves to be hamstrung on encroachments in civil liberties, benefits and other such things – which, recently, it has to be said, the Lib Dems have a less than perfect record on anyway. Still the student Lib Dems will croon themselves to sleep with the song, “At least we’re better than Blair.”