I’d like you to know that I really have tried. Whenever the Deputy Prime Minister’s head sticks above the parapet, I do my best to listen to what he’s saying with an open mind, as I would any real politician. But this is often a mistake, for his words are rarely fit for human consumption.
I have predicted in The Independent on Sunday today that the televised leaders’ debates, which took place for the first time in the last general election campaign, will not happen next time.
The Labour Party tried to get the TV debates story going over the quiet news period of Christmas and New Year, as The Guardian reported, but [...]
First, some clarification. When I say “worst”, I don’t mean “most evil” or even “most wrong”. Even Hamas and the BNP have their role in the political ecology, like those parasitic wasps that grow in the bellies of spiders. Foul as they are, they have a reason to exist, even if only to give decent [...]
The Liberal Democrats have been conducting some opinion research to refine their defensive strategy for the election, which is focused on trying to hold on to as many of the 57 seats that they won last time as they possibly can. The important thing, therefore, is to work out the best lines that will persuade [...]
Rationalising the green taxes on energy bills hardly contradicts David Cameron’s claim to lead the “greenest government ever”. Matthew d’Ancona, Andrew Rawnsley and James Forsyth today report Nick Clegg’s synthetic fury at the Prime Minister’s surprise promise to “roll back” green taxes.
But green levies on gas and electricity bills are a mess, as The Independent [...]
The Liberal Democrat leader is to support a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union in a speech tomorrow, as my colleague Jane Merrick reported in The Independent on Sunday yesterday.
The significance of this requires detailed textual analysis. Nick Clegg is going to say:
The Lib Dems believe it will be far better to have [...]
Nick Clegg’s opportunism never ceases to surprise. Tonight he has sent an email to Liberal Democrat members explaining why Syria is definitely not like Iraq, definitely not, not illegal and taking military action in Syria would be quite unlike anything that Tony Blair ever did completely.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that he repeats his [...]
Nick Clegg has set out his latest piece of semantic hypocrisy (last one here). According to a Liberal Democrat news release, he was asked:
You opposed the intervention in Iraq. There was evidence of the use of chemical weapons by Saddam. You opposed intervention against him. Why are you, as a party, now supporting intervention against [...]
Nick Clegg’s article in The Guardian today, trying to justify the smashing of that newspaper’s hard drives and the detention of the partner of one of its journalists, is yet another exercise in hypocritical sophistry.
As a defender of what Clegg still calls, hyperbolically, “the worst excesses of Labour authoritarianism”, I don’t feel strongly about destroying [...]
“To ensure fairness, we are making sure that those with the broadest shoulders bear the greatest burden.” George Osborne, in his email to supporters after the Spending Round.
Only just; only by a whisker of a tenth of one per cent, a figure that is bound to be revised. Here is the Chart of Everything from [...]
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