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One more reason to despise the Lib Dems

Huhne and TwitWell 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.”


(Hat Tip)

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  1. January 21, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Yet if Brown was to avoid a question…what am I saying “if” for actually, we know that the Prime Minister can’t directly answer a question to save his life, at least not without re-quoting the previous governments economic record for the millionth time…I’d wager you wouldn’t be posting on here about how slimy and unprincipled he is.

    Of course I do agree that if the Lib Dems intend to go into coalition with one party or another in a hung parliament then they need to let their voters know now, but if Clegg hasn’t made such a decision yet and would leave that sort of talk for nearer the time then why should he say yes or no?

  2. January 21, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Did you read any of the other articles on this site? I can’t count on the fingers of both hands how many times I’ve criticised Gordon Brown’s political cynicism etc.

    Incidentally, Clegg’s comment wasn’t suggesting that he would leave talk of who to support in a hung parliament nearer to the time; he clearly indicated he wouldn’t discuss it until after the election, when it became an active question. If it does.

  3. January 22, 2008 at 11:58 am

    My bad, I should have read up more and assumption took less time. However I interpreted Clegg’s answer to mean that he can’t make a decision until an election period. I’m not saying I’m wrong, and I think that if I am and the party have any intention of buddying up with anyone it should be announced sooner than later out of respect for the parties supporters.

  4. January 22, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    That’s fine. I don’t mind being criticised, but give Labour an easy ride I certainly am not guilty of.

    If Clegg’s answer is what you say, and he means he can’t make a decision until an election period, then I would ask why not? I personally would never go into coalition with either the Lib Dems or the Conservatives. If I’d lived at the time of the National Government’s, I’d have called Ramsay MacDonald a traitor.

    Yet Clegg isn’t me and if he isn’t ruling out the possibility of a coalition with the Tories, it’s obviously being thought about. Where’s the difficulty (other than the usual political problem with things like having an honest opinion) with coming right out and saying either:

    1. We’d go for a coalition in a hung parliament. Here are the issues we fundamentally can’t compromise on and here are one’s we’ll negotiate.


    2. We are putting together a committee elected from among our members to hammer out our terms for a coalition, which will then be approved by Party conference.

    Either would seem more honest and more principled than what he actually said, regardless of whether it’s your interpretation or mine that is applied to his words.

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