Right-wing Tories doing Clegg’s work for him
1. A referendum on changing the voting system – on which the people have spoken, the b—ds.
2. Ministerial jobs, including five seats in Cabinet – “six if you include Ken Clarke”, as Nick Clegg put it yesterday.
That is why I say in my column for The Independent on Sunday today:
The mood of its members is surprisingly buoyant for a party heading for disaster in 2015, because they believe the right-wing Tory propaganda that Clegg has too much power, and because they really do believe in working with other parties as a good in itself.
Right-wing Conservative MPs are doing a wonderful job for Clegg when they complain about his influence (such as Nadine Dorries, whose question to Cameron about abortion, which prompted the “frustrated” faux pas, was: “Does the Prime Minister think it is about time he told the Deputy Prime Minister who is the boss?”).
I stand by my position in the debate I had with my colleague Matt Chorley (who has an interview with Danny Alexander in today’s newspaper) in April. (My footnote on why raising the income-tax threshold is bad policy is here.)Tagged in: liberal democrats, nick clegg
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