You really would need a heart of stone NOT to a laugh at LibDem Leader Nick Clegg’s latest astoundingdefeat. Max Hastings is quite witty about it here!
Before the last opening of Parliament, David Cameron asked Clegg if there was anything special he would like put in the Queen’s Speech, outlining forthcoming legislation. The Lib Dems are men and women of powerful passions and clear priorities. Perhaps they would welcome a Bill to impose quotas for women in TV comedy? Or to outlaw cruelty to moorhens? No, said little Nick with quiet firmness. All he wanted was House of Lords reform.
And thus, this month, the Government put such a measure before Parliament: a Bill to halve the size of the Second Chamber and make it 80 per cent elected. The outcome is a widely predicted political shambles. Last night, the Government was obliged to cancel a key vote on the Bill, because close to 100 Tory MPs would have refused to support it.
Nick will be sad again. Just like he was sat when his Party was all but wiped off the map at the recent Council elections! Lib Dems are unfit to govern and this coalition of the damned must end. The sooner the better.