Clegg and the Compost Accelerator
Nick Cohen on scathing form on The Strange Death of Liberal England (Again) in the forthcoming Spectator (it is not online, but there is more via Alex Massie here):
The Liberals have no right to be surprised. Conservative-minded readers may think that the British liberal-left is good for nothing, but, trust me, we are world leaders when it comes to the vituperative art of denouncing sellouts. The Liberals ought to have known it, because they more than anyone else revelled in deploying the wild language of betrayal against Tony Blair. He had taken Britain to an ‘illegal’ war, they claimed, although no court ever said it was unlawful; he was a ‘liar’ who had knowingly sent British troops to their deaths on a false premise. Now, from Islington to Didsbury, from the BBC to the Guardian, the cry of betrayal the Liberals once directed against Blair is directed against them. The only discernible difference is that it took a decade for Blair to go from being the fresh leader of 1994 to the B:Liar of 2004. In the case of Clegg, it is as if someone has thrown compost accelerator over him, speeding up the process of degeneration from hope to has-been from ten years to ten months.
Cohen shares my view that the Liberal Democrats are doomed. David Aaronovitch in tomorrow’s Times (pay wall) does not. Both sides in this debate portray themselves as daring hold-outs against the prevailing orthodoxy.Tagged in: nick clegg, Nick Cohen
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