Sunday, 30 December 2007

Doesn't Clegg remember its the Lib Dems who broke the Union ?

In a staggering bit of hypocrisy the current Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has tried to accuse the Conservatives of working with the SNP to break up the Union !

Has he forgotten how the Lib Dems put the Union on the road to disater when they created the anti-English devolution settlement ?

What a hypocrite

See the Sunday Mail here for a brief report.

Saturday, 29 December 2007

Is Nick Clegg anti-English ?

Nick Clegg, unlike Chris Huhne is against democracy for the English.

So is he as anti-English as Charles Kennedy was ? The English Democrats would like to know.

Sunday, 23 December 2007

Is Clegg really a radical ?

An article in The Sunday Telegraph hints that Clegg may be about to take the Lib Dems on a radical course of policies such as:

1) Paying for private NHS treatment when needed - money following the patient ( (C) Michael Howard 2005 ).
2) Private school places for some poor disadvantaged children ( the assisted places scheme ).

Can this really be true ? If so radical liberalism - of the type Margaret Thatcher exposed is back. Will the Lib Dem membership really wear that ?

Its potentially exciting stuff !

The scandals will definitely be flying around if he tries this stuff ! But he may pick up friends...

Friday, 21 December 2007

Which way will the Lib Dems face to keep their MPs ?

Iain Dale wonders in the Telegraph how the "Lib Dems face challenge to retain MPs".

He argues for a break with the "Only the Lib Dems can win hear" reliance on tactical voting squeezes. But what if that gets built into the system by AV PR ?

The BBC is quickly pointing out that the Lib Dems have most of the MPs facing Conservative threats. The the BBC no doubt hopes that they will therefore fight the Conservatives. Back to the 1990's. But is the point of the Lib Dems solely just as a electioneering hobby society hoping for the best result however its achieved ?

But Nick Clegg has declared his liberalism to be his defining characteristic. That puts him far closer to the Conservatives than Labour. After all he's over 40 now - time to start becoming a Tory anyway....

After all shouldn't politics be about what you actually believe in ?

The Lib Dem reshuffel - caution or fear ?

So the Cleggoid won't be stamping his authority on the party with his current reshuffle. Thats his first big mistake.

There's a bit of tinkering round the edges - see Conservative home here .....

The Huhne monster is to have his boot boy talents put to work giving Jacqui Smith a good kicking, but as that's Clegg's old post so it won't be long before he's winding Clegg up, a lot ! In fact I think I heard him doing it on R4 the world at one today.

Clegg has a problem. He's 40. That means he's destroyed the career ambitions of every MP of the same age or above. They may say they support him, but the older ones know they have to get rid of him or just retire. ( To some degree this is the problem William Hague suffered from ).

The reshuffle was his chance to stamp his authority on the parliamentary party. He has instead been cautious,and in doing so may already have shown fatal weakness.

It doesn't look good for the Cleggoid.

Et tu Charlie

Charles Kennedy is reported as saying: "The knife has been passed on to the next generation."

Ouch ...

To whom could he be referring - the Huhne Monster ?

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Is Clegg out of touch ?

The Three Line Whip thinks so ....

Clegg on Newsnight slips up

Newsnight have been keen to give the Cleggoid a helpful shove into public politics, given he was so keen on a low profile leadership campaign.

Jeremy Paxman challenged him to say anything interesting about himself - to which he answered about liberalism and suggested Jeremy decides if its interesting. but the really damaging stuff was on the Cleggoids intention to use the New Labour con-trick of pretending to listen to 'ordinary people'. ( Remember Clegg had no idea who The Pogues are - so clearly deals with a lot of ordinary people. )

The Cleggoid talked about Britain in terms of tolerance and pluralism - no mention of England. You have to wonder if he sees himself as an Englishman at all !

Clegg then screws up talking about a Conservative government ( when he means the Conservative party ).

The Cleggoid states challenges for his party, when asked to by Paxman:

Start where people are. ( Confused if listening to this is anything to go by ), not where we think they should be. ( Notice the implied wish to boss everyone round and make them into slaves of his political ideals ). He then mentions Education, health and security ( YAWN YAWN - this is the bankrupt politics he's going to spend the next few weeks trying to decry - it because politicians go on about motherhood and apple pie all the time that the public is giving up on them.) Paxo points out this is what everyone else says , but the Cleggoid - bless his cotton socks - says he doesn't think they have the answers (more YAWN - no analysis ). Now the old talking not delivering line from Clegg ( absolutely anyone in any party could mouth this drivel ).
Then he promises new thinking from his party on these issues - we'll we will have to wait and see.

Cleggoid talks about his plan for Town hall meetings ( tm Gordon Brown and New Labour ) - but then admits that he won't change his mind after listening to people !! So for example the wish of the vast majority of the people for a referendum on the EU Constitution gets the colleagues standard answer of no - but we might think of one on the EU ( you can be sure that wouldn't happen if he thought he might lose it ).

In short Nick Clegg thinks the people are wrong, and doesn't intend to change his mind after listening to them.

Doesn't look very liberal does it ? He's certainly not sounding very democratic.

Wonder how this will go down with the Lib Dems ?

Clegg is an atheist, but brings his kids up as Catholics

To get Advent going for the Lib Dems it turns out that Clegg doesn't believe in God, but is brinign his children up as Catholics.

That's the two faced type of thinking his party is famous for.

So as a true liberal he has no basis for any morality at all !

Perhaps 500 Lib Dems might have voted the other way if they knew this about him - but he kept so quiet about so much during his leadership yawn contest.

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

The Cleggoid beats the Huhne monster by only 500 votes

That's 1000 sandals to the likes of you and me. Even in a party as small as the Lib Dems it isn't a good sign is it ?

This blog is here to track his progress ...