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Nick Clegg set fire to a bag of kittens

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Apr. 22nd, 2010 | 11:19 am

While I am not at all a fan of Nick Clegg, the sudden rush to smear by the Tory press after he didn't make a fool of himself in the TV debate, and some people said "oh he looks all right and I can't stand the other two", is pretty comical. We've been treated to endless repetition of WHY A HUNG PARLIAMENT WOULD BE THE DEATH OF BRITAIN for instance, and today we have "Nick Clegg hates Britain and loves Nazis" e.g. from the Telegraph:
The Liberal Democrat leader said the British have “a misplaced sense of superiority, sustained by delusions of grandeur”...

...Nicholas Soames, a Tory MP and grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, said Mr Clegg’s comments showed he was “unfit to lead a national party, let alone the country”.

“People across Britain, particularly those who bravely fought for their country, will be disgusted by these comments,” said Mr Soames.
This, by the way, is down to an article he wrote in 2002 saying that the British needed to get over the bloody war and stop calling Germans Nazis, which is perfectly true. (Also since when is anyone supposed to be impressed by what Fatty Soames says? Presumably only people whose flagwaving arm reflexively jerks on reading the name "Winston Churchill".)

If it was just the Telegraph it would only be typically risible but when the same utter non-story appears simultaneously in the Telegraph, Mail, Express and Spectator (the latter by everybody's favourite racist, Rod Liddle, who can clearly always be relied on to dash off a quick paragraph about foreigners) you have to conclude that Tory Central Office is incredibly rattled and had been relying on pretending the Lib Dems didn't exist. Which has worked quite well in the past, to be fair.

(The Guardian has been coming out particularly pro Lib Dem recently, though; I expect a Polly Toynbee piece any day.)

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 23rd, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)

It's all gone too far - it's really "Nick Clegg rescues a bag of kittens which David Cameron tried to strangle just before Gordon Brown flushed them down the toilet". How can anyone in their right mind think that he is the "third way" or whatever it is - he's tarred with the same brush as all recent politicians not one of which (a) admitted there was a trough or (b) that they had had their heads fully submerged in it.

Greens, Independents, single issue MPs, Monster Raving Loony Party (but NOT UKIP) - that's the way to go!

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