Who will rid us of this tempestuous fool

Seems the boy Clegg believes the UK should sign up to the unwritten Eurozone treaty that Cameron non-vetoed a couple of weeks ago.

Telegraph.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the new treaty on fiscal union should be “folded into” the existing EU rules.
That would require the UK to give its consent to an agreement that Mr Cameron refused to back last month.
In a joint statement with other Liberal leaders, Mr Clegg made clear he wants to end Britain’s role outside the new treaty, effectively reversing Mr Cameron’s historic veto.
Clegg warned today that Europe could only overcome the economic crisis by sticking together and avoiding “needless rivalry and isolation”.
Seeking to re-engage with European leaders in the wake of David Cameron’s treaty veto, the Deputy Prime Minister insisted: “We will not sort out this crisis by falling apart.”

Well the fact that the UK isn’t actually in the Eurozone and has actually benefited from this situation means I cannot imagine a single reason why we should sign anything of the sort, though I suspect Clegg might just be trying to play to the gallery of the pro Eurozone Lib Dems despite the fact that recent polls show support for his party to be nosediving due to having to actually deal with political problems rather than carping from the sidelines. Other than the possibility of losing his comfy EU pension, you’d think Clegg would be politically savvy enough to see which direction the political winds are blowing, and it isn’t towards Europe.

It would actually be politically inexpedient now for Cameron to sign anything of the sort before a general election and I rather suspect drafting such a treaty would not be completed before then assuming that such a treaty didn’t trip the imaginary boundaries requiring a referendum on the changes. The EU and the Eurozone are in dire straits at the moment and I cannot see this situation improving any in the immediate future. Whilst I suspect that Cameron might sign such a treaty in the future, at the moment his political instincts will be telling him that this is not a smart move and say what you like about Cameron, he might not have much in the way of a spine when it comes to Conservative values, but like Blair, he can read a situation very well and support for the EU would at the moment become a millstone around his neck.

As for Clegg? He’d do well to meditate on the saying “It’s best to keep quiet and be thought a fool, rather than opening your mouth and removing all doubt” Cameron is a politician, he understands politics even if he holds no strong beliefs, Clegg is just a fool who happens to lead a political party of fools.

Cameron will get his way.

7 comments for “Who will rid us of this tempestuous fool

  1. Robert Edwards
    January 10, 2012 at 7:10 am

    The Liberal Democrats are a uniquely dreadful bunch of chancers who suddenly find themselves in the spotlight. They are not rising to the occasion. No surprises there; their sense of entitlement is, however, remarkable, given thir dearth of talents.

    For the first time, the public have the chance to ‘see them in action’ and weigh them in the balance; it is no surprise to me that they are found wanting. The polls say it all.

    Clegg, like most of his colleagues, is proving himself to be the kind of opportunistic little shit who, seeing support gurgling away, seeks to attach himself to a bigger host than the one he has already. Recall the unseemly tarting after the last election…

    Like all parasites, the LDs cannot exist on their own; as the mistletoe needs the tree, the remora needs the shark and the tapeworm needs the digestive tract of another creature, the Lib Dems have worked out that if the polls translate to results at the next election, they will be more or less extinct, with no hope of recovery. The EU is their only hope, as they may face single digit numbers after the next general election, which cannot arrive too soon.

    That this would be well-deserved is something of an understatement; theirs is the party of the parish council; the big debate about where to put the memorial park bench, or the traffic calming scheme. To extend the analogy, they are the unnecessary speed bump on an otherwise hazard-free road.

    I’m sure they have friends in Europe, which is just as well, for they have few here.

    Fuck ’em…

    • Mudplugger
      January 10, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Agreed – trouble is that ‘unnecessary speed-hump on an otherwise hazard-free road’ can do untold damage both to innocent things traversing it and to the surrounding area.

      Better idea would be to scrape off the speed-hump from that safe road’s surface, just as you would that odorous dog-mess from your pristine shoes before its effects can compromise all around you.

      And now we’ve sorted out Huhne, let’s look at Clegg…..

  2. January 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Does Clegg have any idea of how he comes across to normal people?

    • Robert Edwards
      January 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      I think it hinges upon his perception of ‘normal’ Michael. Don’t forget, we are talking here about the leader of the Liberal Democrats. This is not a universe populated by ‘normal’ people.

      In fact they are all rather odd. I wouldn’t send any of them out to buy a pizza, let alone anything more important.

      So to answer your question, “No, he doesn’t”. bcause he does not operate in that field.

      Stanley Baldwin likened leading the Tories to “driving pigs to market”. I imagine that leading the LDs is more like herding cats…

      • January 11, 2012 at 5:47 am

        “In fact they are all rather odd.”

        Something Ed Miliband proved in spades with yesterday’s calamitous ‘relaunch’.. šŸ˜ˆ

  3. John
    January 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Is there a correlation between Clegg’s pronouncements and the southward trend of both his and the LibDem’s polling figures?

    Just asking…

    • Robert Edwards
      January 11, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Yes, it is observable; but as I dust off my statistician hat, I’d estimate it as a mere 97%…

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