Yesterday, my evil twin Damien posted a piece CONDEMNING Cleggy for taking Cameron’s offer of a Coalition – with a referendum on the Alternative Vote system – claiming he only did so to secure the position of Deputy P.M.
And that since part of the deal was that the Tories would be free to campaign AGAINST it – as Labour surely would – he had NO chance of WINNING the referendum.
As a result of which, Cleggy might well find his one-year career as Deputy P.M. was OVER.
Damien said Cleggy should have gone with the Bill-By-Bill option, thus holding sway over the Tories – and being a pain in the arse of Cameron.
The full piece can be found at http://damienatloppers.wordpress.com/2010/08/01/damien-on-cleggys-choice/
But he did NOT think his argument THROUGH.
If Cleggy HAD gone for the independent, Bill-By-Bill option – forcing Cameron to take power with a MINORITY (it seems unlikely, given the numbers, that LABOUR would have attempted to carry on – even with a new leader) then he, Cameron, would STILL have been able to screw Cleggy.
All he would have had to do (and would surely have DONE) was put through a couple of harmless bills that Cleggy could hardly argue with – plus a couple he would definitely have voted AGAINST – then, when they failed, go BACK to the country, begging the electorate to give him the MANDATE to do his JOB.
And provided the bills he had got through – and the ones that had failed – were not too unpopular, he would likely have GOT that mandate. And Cleggy would have remained where he started – with NO power.
Furthermore, while in opposition, Cleggy could NEVER have got a bill for a referendum on the Alternative Vote system passed, since BOTH Cameron and Miliband (?) would have unified for once – to keep their corrupt two-party system intact.
Thus the ONLY chance Cleggy had, and has, was and is, the deal Cameron offered him – that bloody referendum which he will LOSE (Damien at least got THAT right).
After all – you never know – perhaps the British electorate WILL vote to overturn the corrupt two-party system they have had for almost NINETY YEARS and introduce the Alternative Vote system.
And perhaps Nick Griffin will collect the Humanitarian Award for 2012.