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.