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Nick Clegg: ‘Vote Labour if you like protest politics’

26 September 2012

2:21 PM

26 September 2012

2:21 PM

Nick Clegg’s speech this afternoon will include a big push for his party to accept that they are a party of government, not of protest and that coalition is a good thing. He made some choice comments to that effect in an interview with regional journalists, which the Birmingham Post has covered. Clegg said:

‘There are a group of people – they are perfectly free to do this in a free democratic society – who like to throw stones from the sidelines, who like to be associated with causes where there’s never a difficult decision needs to be made, who don’t actually like parties being in government. And who always scream ‘betrayal’ when any party goes into government. In other words, people who like protest but not the reality of power.

‘And I make no apology of saying to those people, we are not the party for you. If people want just protest politics, if they want a sort of ‘I don’t like the world let me get off” party, they’ve got one. It’s called the Labour Party.’

Now, let’s be clear, this isn’t a Mitt Romney moment. The Deputy Prime Minister is just saying that if a voter doesn’t want to back a party that’s in power, then they should support Labour. He went on to say that the Liberal Democrats are the right party for ‘progressive people, from the left, the centre, from wherever, who are interested in what it means to grapple as a progressive with a country where the economy has been severely damaged’. All he is saying is that Lib Dem voters need to embrace the reality of being in power.

The problem for Clegg is that the story has been badged up as ‘if you don’t like me, vote Labour’. Which is a great slogan for Labour campaign leaflets.

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  • Jules

    “…….if a voter doesn’t want to back a party that’s in power, then they should support Labour.”

    Err yes, that’s what they have been doing, voters don’t need Clegg’s advice. Labour are polling 45% and Lib Dems 9% and Labour gained hundreds of councillors at the expense of the Lib Dems. Is Clegg for real because he seems increasingly delusional and detached from reality?

    Clegg’s speech can be summed up in two words: VOTE LABOUR!!

  • Austin Barry

    ” All he is saying is that Lib Dem voters need to embrace the reality of being in power.”
    Most Lib-Dems have difficulty embracing reality per se, that’s why they’re Lib-Dems.

  • Hexhamgeezer

    Ooh look! No tie, top button undone, slightly ruffled hair, and his ‘go on bigots make my day’ face.
    It’s about as convincing as cameron’s ‘Tiger Tim’ Henman style ‘I’m a reet Eurosceptic, me’ face.

  • evad666

    Interesting he does not suggest voting UKIP.

  • UlyssesReturns

    There is a point when gangrene has so infected the limb hat the only choice is to amputate or die. The libtards have so infected Cameron and the Conservative-led government that I could consider voting labour into office just so those that have allowed the current parlous situation can be excised and true Tories can regain their party. As for Clegg and his party of idiots, they can rot in political oblivion for all I care. The country would go further to hell but who can say it doesn’t deserve to?

    • telemachus

      Some of us care and I see that you do now
      If more do more than consider voting Labour we are motoring

  • In2minds

    The problem for Clegg is when he plays grumpy, as in your pic, he looks like Alistair Campbell.

  • anyfool

    The Lib Dem’s are running for the edge of the shrinking ice shelf with ever increasing speed, looking just like the penguins that Clegg’s wife dressed as, Clegg is to tell them to grow up and look to the future, the trouble with that is they have looked to the future, they then pressed their hands over their eyes and kept on running, some to Labour but mostly to Cable who if he takes over would act like a cheese cutter and slice the head of whats left, hopefully.

  • AnotherDaveB

    It will be interesting to see who gets the LDs protest vote at the next election. UKIP and the Greens look favourite.

    And will the LDs be able to win back their place as the default protest vote party once they leave government? Four/five years of local election losses should have changed the activist picture.

  • Nicholas

    Clegg is always criticising people in generalisations. We’ve had sad little Englanders, bigots and now we’ve got protest people. These people have all failed to see the light of Messiah Clegg and/or disagree with his brand of politics – whatever it is.

    Maybe the problem is with you Clegg and the way you see Britain.

    • telemachus

      I’d say Cleggy has his descriptions correct
      Agree he is bereft of solutions
      We on the other hand could oblige

      • Nicholas

        What you say is of no interest to sane and reasonable folk, you nasty little creep.

      • Noa

        National self loathing – a Pavlovian induced reflex of the left.

        It’s correct in your case though.

        • telemachus

          Noa
          Politics is going well for us at present
          You can join the push for a better Britain
          A country drawn back from austerity driven recession

          • Noa

            We will only draw back from the Debt precipice created by Labour through the implementation of fiscal conservatism.

            • telemachus

              Debt is no longer the problem
              We can deal with that with the tax receipts that roll in when growth rolls

              • Noa

                Don’t you believe it!
                Debt-is over a trillion admitted above the line, and likely to really be.2, 3 or 4.
                But I’ve no doubt a Labour administration, which created the problem in the first place, will look, disastrously, to print its way out of the chasm opeing before us all.

                • telemachus

                  On the other hand as Greece has found there is no point in a. Fiscal screw if it contracts your GDP to the point that receipts have no chance of achieving fiscal balance

                • Noa

                  The Greek economy has been destroyed by the same breed of politicos as New Labours, with the added nightmare of being unable to inflate their debt away.
                  A Greece freed from the Euro will recover eventually.

                • Jules

                  Even Goldman Sachs say you cannot austere your way out of recession. Osborne has failed and everything Balls said has been proven right. Time for Chancellor Balls to clear up the mess and folly of the disastrously incompetent Osborne.

    • Dimoto

      Does “from wherever” include the right (but he doesn’t dare to mention it), or is he punting for the Green and anarchist vote ?

  • telemachus

    Now, let’s be clear, this isn’t a Mitt Romney moment. The Deputy Prime Minister is just saying that if a voter doesn’t want to back a party that’s in power, then they should support Labour.

    The problem for Clegg is that the story has been badged up as ‘if you don’t like me, vote Labour’. Which is a great slogan for Labour campaign leaflets.

    What a naive goon but again music

    This has been a good week

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