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Nick ‘the fibber’ Clegg faces the fibbed-to

10 January 2013

10 January 2013

Trying out new career options on LBC this morning, Nick Clegg inadvertently illustrated several serious political truths.

A caller claimed to have been a member of the ‘Liberal Democrat’ party – indeed an ex county-councillor in Surrey.  But he said that he had recently ripped up his party membership card.  Happily, however, he proceeded to read from it.

Before this morning I had never heard anyone recite this hilarious document.  But if the caller was telling the truth the card says:

‘The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.’

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The caller wanted to know how Mr Clegg was able to ‘reconcile’ what his party’s membership card says with what the ex-councillor depicted as this government’s ‘attacks’ on ‘the poorest in society including the unemployed, the working poor and the disabled.’  It was a beautiful moment where two delusionists met: the fibbed-to finally faced the fibber.

Throughout his political career Mr Clegg told the public what he thought they needed to hear.  Thus he is in no position to start telling truths now.  The flip-side is that anybody who has listened to him in the past is likely to be less capable of receiving truths now, even – or perhaps especially – if they are uttered by Mr Clegg.

What the caller needed to be told was what Chancellor Merkel said a recent interview:

‘If Europe today accounts for just over 7 percent of the world’s population, produces around 25 percent of global GDP and has to finance 50 percent of global social spending, then it’s obvious that it will have to work very hard to maintain its prosperity and way of life.’

Indeed.  If they want to continue the lifestyles they currently have, Europeans are going to have to start working very hard indeed.  Yet people like our councillor friend have been told for years by the Cleggs, Cables, and Hughes’ of this world that even a mild critique of welfare spending constitutes some form of enslavement.

Some of the Conservative party are able to explain the reality, as are some members of the Labour party.  But unpicking political lies takes time.  In the meantime, as Herbert Stein’s law goes: things that cannot go on, will not.


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  • Colonel Mustard

    “Some of the Conservative party are able to explain the reality”. Maybe, but they never explain it very well. And certainly not sufficiently powerfully to penetrate in any meaningful way the thick, dumbed-down mob that habitually swallows Labour’s constant lies and misrepresentations. The message is crap and Clegg should be bunkered with Cameron determining an effective communication strategy which both sells the message and undermines Labour before taking to the airwaves in a rearguard action posited mainly on ego.

  • http://twitter.com/johndoran1 John Doran

    I am the ex Lib Dem councillor, I was telling the truth and I was reading the preamble from the constitution from the website, you smug git.

    • Minekiller

      You are an Ex-Lib Dem councillor? Congrats on the success of the rehab.

  • salieri

    ‘The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.’

    Ho-hyphen-hum. Nice headline, but in fairness to Clegg that is not a political lie, it’s merely a vacuous platitude which, like ‘One Nation Labour’, means everything and nothing . The key-words are: “we seek to” and “balance”: sincere, no doubt, but a wholly illusory promise.

  • ShoeOnHead

    guiltless, shameless, blameless. now there’s a title for his memoir.
    clegg just looks like an oxycontin addiction waiting to happen.

    25 percent of global gdp is irrelevant.
    what really matters is 75 percent global gdp growth – asia-pacific. go-figure.

    when is clegg’s reality show debuting?

    (shoe on head)

  • Patrick

    Global GDP and global social spending are separate indices so the drawn 25% – 50% relationship is meaningless.
    Another dissembling politician caught out.

  • Austin Barry

    ‘Throughout his political career Mr Clegg told the public what he thought they needed to hear.’

    But also, like every other LibDem, he told the public what made him seem beneficent, saintly and pious, while frowning with weary despair at the rough and callous brutes who voted for other parties.

    That he shared this sanctimonious idiocy with the likes of Jeremy ‘Bunnies’ Thorpe, Mark ‘Tur(ban?)’ Oaten, Cyril ‘Spanker’ Smith, Charles ‘hic’ Kennedy and other worthies, shows him to be without a sense of irony or history.

    Cleggie should perhaps take Holy Orders, where a combination of piety and hypocrisy are much valued.

  • http://twitter.com/ralasdair Alasdair

    Strikes me that with 25% of the world’s GDP and only 7% of the world’s population, there should be more than enough to go around…

  • ffhfhffh

    Errr, Clegg was the one defending the welfare reforms as fair in the face of the caller accusing them of being enslavement. Both Cable and Hughes also voted in favour of the welfare uprating bill.

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