Clegg: Yes We Can

For the first time since 1997, British politics is getting exciting. The televised debate suddenly opened up the possibility that the Lib Dems might well break out into the lead. I would certainly like Nick Clegg as my Prime Minster even after being a life-long Labour supporter.
How thrilling it would be to have someone fresh at the top. Anything rather than that oleaginous Etonian and his vacuous cronies.

It was a joy to see Cameron so awkward, phoney and lame next to the solid clumsiness of Brown and the sensible clarity of Clegg.

I was talking to my colleagues last week, most of whom were born well into the 1980s, and they had no memory or knowledge of politics before New Labour. The truth is the hospitals are better funded, schools better funded, I can get married as a gay man and I’m protected against discrimination. My soundman had never heard of Clause 28. I remember how odious the Tories are – pretending to be Tony Blair does not fool me.

12 Comments

  1. annakaroline

    April 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Sorry, this comment is not about your post… I hope you can excuse mer..?!

    My name is Annakaroline and Iยดm half passed out on our sofa in our 100 year old house in a small village in the swedish countryside… Im passed out with horrible pelvic pain expecting our second child.

    I just put Daisy to bed, and my hubby is still not home yet…

    But then I change over the channel on TV, and there is BEAUTIFUL WONDERFUL FABULOUS YOU, ALISTAIR!!!!!!!!
    I love watching Escape to the country, especially when you are the host!

    Thank you for saving my nite! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Lots of love from your biggest swedish fan! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Valerie W.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Politics is politics is politics by any other name.
    Does any group serve the public more than another.
    We wanted Obama and now it isn’t so much the rosy
    future we thought it would be. I wish when polititians
    get power they would remember that they serve the
    people not the poitics. I don’t like to be cynical and
    am not usually but I am a realist. Utopia where art
    thou.

  3. Lou

    April 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Quote from Sir Ernest Benn:
    ‘Politics is the art of looking for trouble,
    finding it everywhere, diagnosing it wrongly,
    and applying unsuitable remedies’.

  4. Di

    April 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    A politician was out jogging one morning, and notices
    a little boy on the corner with a box. Curious he runs
    over to the child and says, ‘What’s in the box sonny?’
    to which the little boy says, ‘kittens, They’re brand
    new kittens.’ The Politician laughs and says, ‘What kind
    of kittens are they? ‘Tories’, the child says.’Oh that’s
    lovely, ‘the Politician smiles and runs off.
    A couple of days later the Politician is running with a
    colleague and spies the same boy with his box just ahead,
    and says to him โ€œtell my colleague what kind of kittens
    they are.’ The boy replies,’they’re Socialists.’ ‘what?’
    the Politician says, ‘I jogged by here the other day and
    you said they were Tories. What’s changed? ‘Well,’the lad
    says, ‘their eyes are open now.’

  5. ALBERT

    April 25, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    thank god we do not have another BLAIR

  6. Maddy Knibb

    April 26, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Re Tory views – nothing changes.
    I once heard Tony Benn say this:

    F is for freedom
    what Britain’s all about
    if you can’t afford your dinner
    you’re free to go without

    cf Tory education policy

  7. Jo

    April 27, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    All for giving the yellows a chance this time, but aren’t you worried about the outcome of a hung parliament?? Sooo confused! ๐Ÿ™

  8. Athene

    April 29, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Do not be anxious.

    If you are being, and if you are listening and even if
    you are not, you will make the right decision when the
    time comes. The outcome is already defined and is the
    playing out of consciousness collectively, for understanding
    to be gained.

    There is no right or wrong choice. It is already written
    and counted.

  9. elise

    May 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    It’s all the same soul in different clothes.
    Ultimately, thankfully, these characters
    are much less powerful than we think they are.

  10. Lou

    May 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

    OMG, who would have thought, yellow and blue!

  11. Matthew

    May 27, 2010 at 4:22 am

    Miss you Alistair … Will you be posting soon?

  12. Diane

    May 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I think it’s good that the coalition is arguing about ideas – and Libdems are seemingly doing well out of the arrangement anyway!

    At least there will be some debate and discussion – the dictatorial nulabour spin masters only told us what they wanted us to know.

    It is true that the massive spending has improved things like the NHS but at a massive cost and the question now has to be asked – can we afford it?
    There have to be ways of cutting the budgets without damaging front line staffing levels though.

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