25th May Blog Updated: to remove a description some thought unfair – and with benefit of hindsight it might have been
You know, I cannot help thinking the quicker Clegg gets into bed with Labour the better. He has been quite pious about doing what the people want, but negotiating in secret with one party whilst public discussing with the others is dishonourable, and inconsistent.
A Lab/Lib pact would be doomed as it will depend on even smaller minority parties to stay alive against a determined Conservative/DUP attack, and as such the English will pay to keep the Nationalists onside. (as John Reid has already stated)
In all the negotiations the LibDems seem to be far more fixated on sorting out electoral reform than sorting out the horrendous mess that is the current UK economy (another £10b down the drain yesterday to support the failing Euro).
At some time, the whole thing will fail (I’d say in the Autumn) – probably on some incredibly minor political point, and then the public will be able to express a view on the coalition of losers. Cameron will be able to present a “I told you so” view of
• political machinations unchanged from the last parliament with grubby behind closed doors dealing
• judging by the Venn diagram from the Telegraph here, a whole raft of policies that were voted for, but not enacted
• and undoubtedly either a raft of unpopular fiscal measures on which Cameron can say both a) I told you so, b) you did not explicitly vote for
Thank you and good morning!