Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Badly played, Nick
I suppose the ultimate question is now whether the Lib Dems can be trusted to be a stable coalition partner?
How can Clegg claim to be serious about putting the country's interests first after promising he would negotiate only with the party who won "the most votes and the most seats" and then opportunistically holding talks to ransom over a half-arsed electoral reform promise?
As Peter Oborne says today, Clegg's dragging his own fresh-politics reputation through the mud, squandering both political and public goodwill - and for what? A slightly stronger promise of a referendum that he'll lose for a voting system he doesn't want.
But most importantly, if this is a sign of things to come, with Clegg snubbing negotiations as soon as Labour offers him a scalp, the coalition for freedom won't last long.
Badly played, Nick.
Thanks to Guidos Emily