Has Nick Clegg, arguably the most egregious suck-ass in the history of British politics, and Cameron’s lap-dog, finally lost the plot? This, from today’s Observer:-
“Clegg admits he was completely wrong to call Cameron a “fake” and a “con” during the election campaign and has been impressed by his pragmatism and flexibility. “He hasn’t been dogmatic. He hasn’t been doctrinaire,” he says. “I think this government definitely has the capacity to be a great, great reforming government.” ”
Maybe Clegg should have gone to Specsavers, because he’s sure as hell not seeing the same person I’m seeing. Cameron is every bit as dogmatic and doctrinaire as Thatcher – the only difference is that he’s far worse. And he’s not even capable – assuming he even wants to, which is doubtful – of exerting any control at all over his Rottweiler, Osborne.
Clegg seems also in need of a reality check when he says:-
“We are achieving some great things already in this government. Lifting hundreds of thousands of the lowest-paid workers out of tax altogether. Restoring and protecting civil liberties.” He added: “I hope each and every one of you is as proud as I am of what we have already achieved.” (my italics).
What about the other side of that coin? Condemning hundreds of thousands of the chronically sick and disabled to years of doubt and uncertainty, along with potentially massive disruption to lives which, for many, are barely tolerable now?
What about, that Clegg, you dumb bastard? Where are our civil liberties?
I just hope the party has the sense to compare the claims and promises Clegg made when he thought he had a shot that winning the election, with the reality of the way in which he’s prostituted himself, and his party, for what is little more than the illusion of power (hell, when Cameron was out of the country, he didn’t even bother to leave Clegg, his purely notional deputy, holding the reins), and kick him out on his opportunist arse.
Because the only way Osborne and Cameron are now able to ride roughshod over one of the most vulnerable sectors of society is because Clegg’s deal allowed them to. He could have prevented it, but he did nothing (he’s opposed nothing whatsoever). That the Tories had such depredations in mind was clear months before the election.
Clegg must have known it was coming, yet he unconcernedly hitched his wagon to Cameron’s star. The only question is whether the wheels will come off, turning Cameron’s star into a meteorite, before we are all, every one of us, totally screwed beyond all hope of redemption.
And that is in the hands of the Liberal Democrat party.