Thursday, 9 October 2014

Political sincerity

Nick Clegg’s response to the decision of his pary’s membership to contuinue to oppose airport expansion was certainly forthright.  Ultimately, it boils down to saying that because he didn’t get the answer he wanted, his party will have to continue discussing it until he does.  I’m not sure that he’d apply the same rule in other circumstances, such as a certain recent referendum.  In that case, I rather suspect that he’d argue that the decision, once taken, is final; but then poltiicians tend to like rules that only apply when they want them to.
I was particularly interested in the way he drew parallels with other party decisions, such as that on tuition fees.  This passage in particular made me wonder: “…how can I put it – I’ve seen the perils of the past of putting something which you know in your heart of hearts is not necessarily deliverable”. Is he, in effect, telling us that he knew the pledge was undeliverable when he made it? 
He solemnly signed that enormous card, and looked directly into camera and told us all that a vote for the Lib Dems was a vote against tuition fees, but he’s now telling us that he knew all along in his ‘heart of hearts’ that he could not and would not deliver it.  That comes as a bit of a shock even to an old cynic like me.  And given that he’s already telling us that he can’t and won’t deliver the Lib Dem pledge on airport expansion if he gets into government again, how can anyone believe anything that they put in their manifesto?

1 comment:

G Horton-Jones said...

The deficit has been put on the back burner because the public believe or rather were led to believe that the Tories aka Cameron would bring the deficit into surplus. before the next election so any update of the current deficit is a political no no. The truth is that this is not going to happen
As you rightly state there is a public perception that the finances of the State should be in balance or positive and that deficit should be minimal and only in the short term short
To borrow money for the M4 proposals is politically divisive for the people of Wales and it represents a major deficit in our countries finances especially as no one knows the final cost of such a major undertaking. To me this sounds like a Wonga loan

Sorry to say that the Liberals are dead in the water they should have left the coalition by now to stand any chance in the next election in England but I have no interest in that

But does Kirsty Williams et alianow oppose expansion of Cardiff airport or the proposed use of an enlarged Brawdy for Welsh military purposes and foreign aid flights