Nick Clegg’s Red Lines

Nick Clegg, as many of us already know, is a bullshitter. His election promises are lies and the party he leads is slippery, two-faced and not beneath playing the race card when it suits. Clegg pretends to be the people’s champion; the brake on the out-of-control Tory juggernaut. It was all a pose: all he ever wanted for himself and his party was power. Letting go of the ministerial limousines and briefcases will be difficult for them. But change is a good thing. Right? Then, it’s time for a change.

When Clegg appeared in the media to announce his ‘red lines’, I knew immediately that he was getting ahead of himself. What makes him think his party will win enough seats to hold the balance of power? What makes him think anyone really wants to vote for a party that propped up the cruellest government since Thatcher? Clegg’s announcement was hubris wrapped in arrogance.

One of his ‘red lines’ was education. This is little different to his 2010 pledge and if he snuggles up  to the Tories in Coalition: The Sequel (directed by CCHQ), this will go out of the window with the rest of his pledges. so what are those other pledges? Well, he tells us that he will oppose Tory cuts. Just like he did when he was in power. Next, he claims that he will reduce Labour’s deficit. Really? Remember how Clegg and his gang complained that Labour had “bankrupted the country”? This never happened but the Lib Dems thought it best to repeat the Tory lie, just in case. The Labour Party would be foolish to enter a coalition with the backstabbing Lib Dems.

The best thing that could happen for Nick Clegg and his sad little party is for him to lose his seat and his party to get a kicking at the ballot box. Make it so.

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8 responses to “Nick Clegg’s Red Lines

  1. l8in

    Reblogged this on L8in.

  2. greggwh

    If I was a Lib Dem MP I would get up one day in the Commons and read from L. T. Hobhouse’s “Liberalism” at length. While written in 1911 it is still strikingly progressive in many respects, and would undoubtedly be too collectivist for neoliberals like Clegg or neoconservatives like Cameron.

    • I don’t think many of them have read Hobhouse. Truth be told, I haven’t either…. but then I’m a libertarian socialist. 😉

      • greggwh

        Aha! While Hobhouse was a liberal he was also a social democrat (cf. Peter Clarke’s “Liberals and Social Democrats”), as I am. But I’m sympathetic to libertarian socialism (I’d call myself a decentralist social democrat and I’m interested in market socialism, love Nove’s “Economics of Feasible Socialism”) and so have of course read William Morris and to my mind the greatest British libertarian socialist thinker G. D. H. Cole. BTW have you read Peter Hain’s essay “Meet Blair, the Libertarian Socialist”? It was laughable even then.

      • No, I haven’t read Hain’s essay. He used to write for Marxism Today. Martin Jacques and all that. Nuff said. Yeah, William Morris was definitely more than just a wallpaper designer.

  3. What the Liberals seem to forget is that at the last election there was a feeling that you could vote Lib because they weren’t Con or Lab – they hadn’t fucked anything up recently, perhaps deserved a chance. I know several people who voted for them on that basis.

    Given the level of betrayal floating voters who backed them last time will probably feel, I suspect they’ll bomb this time around. I would imagine a lot of disillusioned former supporters will probably switch to the Greens.

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