Monday, January 24, 2011

Clegg – You shouldn’t believe what the Lib Dems promise

Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg was on Marr this weekend and talked very openly about the Lib Dem tuition fee promises and why they couldn’t be delivered.

Clegg responded to Marr’s question on the backlash on tuition fees by saying:

“Firstly, of course when you say you want to do something in politics, particularly during an election campaign you do it on the assumption you can get elected in office in your own right.”

To which Marr replied rather brilliantly, saying exactly what everyone was thinking:

“Doesn’t that mean almost anything you say in an election campaign doesn’t count... because you’re never going to be in charge”

At the end of the day the electoral math currently makes it practically impossible for a Lib Dem majority unless the leaders of the Conservatives and Labour are found out to eat babies the week before an election. So therefore you can assume that everything in the Lib Dem manifesto is just an idea to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Or maybe there’s an alternative, perhaps in 2015 their manifesto pledges and promises could be colour coded, with little red and blue dots next to them. Red for those that will survive a Labour coalition and Blue for those that would survive a revival of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition. Anything without a dot (as the Tuition fee promise would have had) you would know is just a hollow electioneering stunt.

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