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February 26th, 2013:

A by-election which might actually change something

There is a tendency to think of the Lib-Dems as the nice party.  A bunch of ineffective but essentially harmless sandal clad dolts, out of their depth in the nasty world of Westminster politics.  It’s not true but there is that perception.  In the past, they didn’t really matter.  A protest vote in by-elections and no more.  So when Jeremy Thorpe did whatever with Norman Scott, or the fact Charlie Kennedy was a booze-hound, or what Mark Oaten got up to with male prostitutes, didn’t really matter.  Except perhaps to Mrs Oaten and various Westminster rent-boys.

But now they have their once in a half-century grab at power you have to take notice and wade in schadenfreude.  Now they aren’t the main actors in the drama.  As junior partners in government, Mr Clegg is little more than Mr Cameron’s fluffer; who has a serious senior job and yet still has time to take the kids to school in the morning?  But if it’s possible, the liberals make Labour and the Tories look competent.

Huhne was widely detested, but the dumb cover-up killed him.  So there’s a lesson confirmed, it’s not the scandal, it’s the cover-up.  So what do we have Clegg doing about Rennard the (innocent until proven guilty, alleged) serial clumsy groper? “Nothing to do with me guv, I didn’t know anything”  Later he changed tack and tried to throw Danny Alexander to the wolves saying it was his job.

And of course he has handed said Mr Alexander the dagger.  Clegg’s career ends the same day if DA gets another MP or person from Clegg’s office to confirm the following press release (which for the avoidance of libel actions is purely speculative)

—Following intense media speculation, it is now necessary in the interests of justice and the integrity of the party for me to set the record straight.  Contrary to his claims, Nick Clegg was aware of specific, detailed allegations about Lord Rennard in 2008.  I know this because I made him aware and I do not understand how claims to the contrary can be made with any integrity.

I can no longer stand by Mr Clegg’s inability to give a consistent or even accurate version of events and it is time to consider the best interests of party and country, blah blah, standing for leader? I have no ambition in that direction etc——-

If they lose Eastleigh and anyone in the Lib Dems has any balls at all, it’s game on. Ironically, if Huhne hadn’t lied about a stupid driving ticket, he could be deputy PM in a few weeks time instead of Bubba’s cell-mate.

The more the veil comes off the political class, the more you see them for the vile seething mass of incompetent scoundrels, sociopaths, liars and crooks they truly are.  The entire ruling class seems to be losing the plot; add the forthcoming financial collapse to the pot and its really starting to get very ancien regime.

Economics 101


An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan".. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.
The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.
As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. Could not be any simpler than that. (Please pass this on) These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
Can you think of a reason for not sharing this?
Neither could I.

Shamelessly copied from Paul Marks Facebook page via Steve Forbes.