Calamity Atheist Clegg for Christmas
And it may also be a perpetual haunt for Chris Huhne, as interview after interview he will be asked to deny that he thinks his own leader is a ‘calamity’, and even harder may that be knowing that he lost to Mr Clegg by a mere 511 votes – just 1% of the vote.
For Mr Clegg to score 20,988 votes and Mr Huhne to score 20,477 leaves the Liberal Democrats divided right down the middle. It is to David Cameron’s credit - and what continues to sustain him – that he won convincingly with two-thirds of the popular vote.
And speaking of Mr Cameron, Cranmer warns of troubled times to come. As he previously stated:
“If the Lord wishes to be kind to the Liberal Democrats, and mean to the Conservatives, the succession will pass to Nick Clegg.
Mr Clegg looks, sounds, walks and quacks like a Cameroon. He is eloquent, young and charming; he appears warm and charismatic on camera, and is of an eminently approachable disposition. He is reportedly fluent in five languages, a Euro-realist, and is at ease in diverse companies and kindly-mannered toward both the high and mighty and to the poor and lowly. He is a man for all seasons, and no small gesture is too much trouble for him.”
One hopes the Conservative Party will neither misjudge the man nor underestimate his political skills and considerable potential appeal to voters in the ‘centre ground’. He is of the Cameron generation, and both will make Prime Minister Brown look very grey indeed. And together they may even precipitate a Labour succession to Mr Miliband.
But the true hope for the Conservative Party is that if Mr Cameron fails to win an overall majority, it is not inconceivable that there may be a hung Parliament. While Mr Huhne may have propped up Labour, Mr Clegg is more likely to prop up the Conservatives.
But at what price?
Mr Clegg has come out as an Atheist, and (as Cranmer has stated in the comment thread), it is preferable to engage with an honest, self-confessed atheist than a duplicitious, hypocritical egomaniac who professes to be Christian.