Saturday, May 08, 2010

Nick Clegg looks straight ahead to leading Liberals into Government for the first time since the Second World War

This photograph must be one of the most politically fortuitous ever taken. As the three party leaders attended a VE Day ceremony in Westminster today, Gordon Brown looks to his left, David Cameron to the right, and Nick Clegg straight ahead, wondering if he might manage to get more than one Liberal into the Cabinet.

Churchill was the last prime minister to include Liberals in a coalition, when he invited Sir Archibald Sinclair to serve as Secretary of State for Air. He was the last British Liberal to hold Cabinet rank office.

If David Cameron succeeds in forging a Con-Lib alliance, we will probably see at least three Liberal Democrats sitting around the Cabinet table: Nick Clegg, Vince Cable and...

Well, whoever they are, three Conservatives will be dumped to make way.

But that's politics.

It would be far worse under Proportional Representation.

It is curious that those who favour PR are desperate about this interregnum and period of uncertainty. Do they not realise that every election under PR is followed by days if not weeks of 'horse-trading' and 'shabby, back-room deals'.

Perhaps someone remind Nick Clegg that he said just a few years ago that he would 'never join a Labour or Tory cabinet'.

Wonder what changed his mind?


Blogger Jared Gaites said...

The elephant in the room is being ignored, ie that the Tories are now screwed.

Dr Who and an old vintage Port to be enjoyed this evening.

8 May 2010 at 17:59  
Blogger Lakester91 said...

Oh please God not Vince 'Cassandra' Cable. I made his Nostradamus like predictions when I was still but a child.

Three cabinet positions gives them far more power than they deserve. Give them minister for women or something.

8 May 2010 at 18:03  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Clegg does sweet F.A and gets more than he ever dreamed of; that is, having shot-off both of his feet with those absurd Lib-Dem policies re' Europe and immigration.

I say 'go back to the country' with UKIP as a self-disolving partner...having adopted UKIP's true-Tory policies!

Of course, we are now obliged to flirt with the Lib-Dems until it all goes dugs-up .... a very dangerous game indeed!

Hague should now be poking Cameron smartly in the ribs; but why didn't he do so earlier???

8 May 2010 at 19:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace

The People should be told the truth.

Cameron has nowhere to run except into the Downing Street bunker: the Party is not going to attempt to remove him whilst he is ensconced there.

Let us hope for a Lib-Lab pact; or
If there is a Con-Lib pact it will fall apart, in good time.


8 May 2010 at 19:13  
Anonymous Oswin said...

or 'dissolving'even!

8 May 2010 at 19:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace

It is clear that for the voters the next problem in importance to the economy is immigration.

The immediate task of the conservative intellectual is to make the MORAL case for a highly restrictive immigration policy.

A good starting-point is Roger Scuton's essay entitled 'England - and the need for Nations'.

History shows that a cause advanced upon the basis of high moral principles carries the people: to success.

8 May 2010 at 19:28  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

"Sack Kay Burley, watch the BBC!" "Sky News is SHIT!"

8 May 2010 at 19:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That should read : '...Scruton's essay...' with an 'r'.

For those searching on the Internet for information.

The interesting thing is this; Scruton's case supports patriotism and not nationalism: there is a difference.

8 May 2010 at 19:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace, what a shambles, the very idea of tories signing up to lib dem 'red lines' for a desperate grab for power is a disgrace. Clegg is being treated like a god, yet the liberals did worse under him than last time. Just goes to show that Cameron is more interested in power than anything else.

I guess that this the EU 'treaty lock' gone for good now that he is cosying up to the most pro-EU of parties.

A disgrace that any tory would sign up to this, but of course it is in "the national interest".

What cock.

8 May 2010 at 20:07  
Blogger English Viking said...

Why are the Cons more interested in Clegg this time, than Kennedy last time, when Clegg has 'won' less seats than he?

I, for one, would prefer the drunken Jock to a mealy mouthed fornicator every day of the week.

Newspeak Dictionary lists 'Compromise' as being; any action which completely betrays all previously cherished principles in favour of money, power or both.

8 May 2010 at 20:39  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Some great articles today YG. However I cannot let your dig at PR go unchallenged.

You say that PR will make situations worse with regard to 'horse-trading' & 'back-room deals'

1) This is irrelevant. Is it fairer is the important question? Justice & righteousness ... remember those?

2) As the proportion of votes that go to Lib/Con continues to diminish as it has almost continuously for 50 years, FPTP will quite likely produce more & more results like this. FPTP is not a panacea against hung parliaments - it is the pendulum swinging because of having 2 dominant parties which has made it a relative rarity.

3) How is it that pretty much every other developed country copes with PR and yet it will make out governance 'far worse'?

8 May 2010 at 22:53  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Oops! point 2 should have said Lab/Con of course

8 May 2010 at 22:53  
Anonymous not a machine said...

I was struck by mathew 12 vs24-37

9 May 2010 at 01:08  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Yes, not a machine.

I think 'vile' politicians may have divided the kingdom: but they are not themselves divided - they still all sing the same song about 'strong government' and even have the same expression on their faces! Now I shall always think, with Lear:

I remember thine eyes well enough. Dost thou
squiny at me? No, do thy worst, blind Cupid I’ll
not love. 4.6.136-8.

9 May 2010 at 07:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The radical progressives wish for PR is the solution to keeping their now diminishing vote seem mainstream opinion.

Only a 'true' PR of family friends and the wider birds of a feather cultural community, freed from current party political agendas would be intrinsically pertinent.

Signed: Colin T.Shotts

9 May 2010 at 08:50  
Anonymous len said...

A lot of the problems that beset the U K are directly related to the E U yet none of the main political parties will tackle this.Watch 'Britain on the Brink', a film about the past, present and future of the EU superstate.

This informative film charts how we have been lied to from the outset and how we are still being lied to now. In the final stages of the EU becoming a superstate, find out how our British way of life will cease and be replaced by us just being a few European regions, ruled by the EU.

9 May 2010 at 09:15  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Rebel Saint - how can it be fairer if their transparency decreases and we don't know what they're deciding behind their closed doors? Yes I remember justice and righteousness - we were the ones who suggested it to large parts of the world! And now we've stopped thinking for ourselves, I see justice and rightousness disappearing everywhere--- but fast.

PR isn't going to do it; especially if we have fewer representatives for so many more millions of people than we ever had.

Futhermore, those other countries aren't better than we used to be; we didn't used to be in the fifth world... As the Fool said:

When thou clovest thy crown i' th' middle and gav'st away both parts, thou bor'st thine ass on thy back o'er the dirt. Thou hadst little wit in thy bald crown then thou ga'st thy golden one away... (in secret, while we weren't looking, as I recall. A fine example of how the politicians treat us, no matter what they pretend the system is...)

:: Fools had ne'er less grace in a year
For wise men are grown foppish,
And know not how their wits to wear
Their manners are so apish. 1.4 164-173.

9 May 2010 at 09:47  
Anonymous Truthseeker said...

Len, what a great informative video, thank you

9 May 2010 at 15:43  

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