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May 12, 2010

Lib Dems find a new way to greatness

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“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em”

from Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare

Four hundred and eight years after those words were penned, the Liberal Democratic Party adds a new category to this famous quote.

Some, it seems, stumble their way into greatness by sheer good fortune and outrageous circumstance.

Let me just check I haven’t missed something here. The Lib Dems bomb out at last week’s General Election. They redefine the term ‘flatter to deceive’ after their supposedly promising showing in polls and the pre-Election TV debates crumbles to dust in their hands.

Their leader Nick Clegg, for whom I briefly felt sorry after the biggest Liberal pratfall since David Steel’s almighty miscalculation of 1981, should by rights be clearing his desk and resigning himself to the fact that he isn’t the Great White Hope after all.

Only he’s doing nothing of the sort. He is now our nation’s Deputy Prime Minister. Almost a quarter of the next Government cabinet will be supplied by the perennial also-rans of British politics.

Such is the ignominy foisted upon us by the enforced compromise of a coalition government.

Heaven forbid, of course, that Clegg be too embarrassed to accept such a grossly disproportionate reward for failure. Nor dare I hope that his colleagues will show at least some humility at lucking their way so preposterously into the corridors of power.

Oh no: brace yourselves for Lib Dem Cabinet members swanning around like they own the place these next few months, somehow spinning their whopping 57 seats into a ‘mandate’ as only politicians can.

Not enough for these people that they simply guide Government policy by the employment of their votes in the Commons; they must have the trappings of power too. Next time you football purists want to bellyache about a fourth-placed team qualifying for the Champions’ League, you might remember that it could be a whole lot worse. Clegg United have gone from the the relegation zone to having one hand on the trophy.

My heartfelt sympathies to every teacher, parent and youth worker today, who has the job of impressing upon young people that life’s rewards must be achieved because they don’t just fall into your lap.

Good luck with that.

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1 Comment »

  1. The Liberal Democrats got 23% of the vote. The Conservatives got 36%. And yet 3/4 of the cabinet posts (and all the most significant ones) go to the Conservatives – where is the justice in that? However, we should all be grateful that someone, anyone, is there to temper the evil excesses of the Tory party.

    Comment by Galen Proud — May 12, 2010 @ 9:55 am | Reply


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