Yesterday, LibDems looked on in despair as protesters (I was one of them) voiced their own despair at this government’s actions. Today, I have seen LibDems returning to their safety strategy of denial; denying the protesters represent the voices of real people, slandering today’s lack of protesting as a sign of weakness (one even saying to the rain) – ignoring the magnitude of Friday and Saturday’s protests. It is also interesting that now for the LibDems, successful conference days are those where there are no big protests outside and that it needs reporting. Not even the Tories protected themselves behind an iron cage when they faced protesters outside their conference.
Nick Clegg speaking at the Liberal Democrat’s conference demonstrated the utter confusion surrounding what the LibDems now stand for, as he referred to how the LibDems now represent the ‘radical centre’ ground:
As liberals, we place our faith in people. People with power and opportunity in their hands. Our opponents try to divide us with their outdated labels of left and right. But we are not on the left and we are not on the right.”
Still the same old LibDems pretending to be different (something I used to believe). Pretending they aren’t breaking nearly every pledge voters crossed an X by their name for as the chance for power results in them assisting with the full-scale attack upon the communities and people who once saw Clegg and the LibDems as the saviour of a ‘new politics’.
What struck me about yesterday’s protest was the similarity it had with the protest that occurred during the coalition talks where pro-pr campaigners chanted and pleaded with Clegg not to sell out. Then, Clegg embraced the microphone to cheers, but now, he doesn’t dare look at protesters in the eye, he ignores our demands he locks us out with iron and runs away ignoring the sheer irony of his actions. Wasn’t it only a few months back that Clegg was also adopting the left vs. right line, telling those to the left in the LibDems they aren’t welcomed? The ‘centre’ is just a desperate method Clegg is utilising to fend off the right and left backlash.
Apparently, to Clegg, the increasing public opposition is:
“showing that new politics, plural politics, coalition politics, can work for this country. And it terrifies them. There are enemies of reason across the political spectrum.”
Nice play on the Thatcher’s “enemies within” line there. What terrifies us is your utter departure from reality. And again, Nick Clegg repeated that pathetic alarm clock jargon, ignoring the reality of many people who are unemployed, losing their benefits or being forced onto less supportive benefits. Let’s get this right. It’s not that people deny compromise has sometimes got to take place, but what the LibDems have done is a complete politic body transformation. And his cheek to use Sheffield as an example of ‘efficiency’ re LibDems. The Greens put forward an amended budget to focus on protecting key services whilst cutting the top council’s pay, for instance; did the LibDems listen? No. And Labour abstained.
Clegg accuses Labour of taking the moral high ground then preaches about no LibDem council cutting Sure Centres, for example. This ignores how in places such as Sheffield, whilst no overall control, LibDems voted against the Greens attempt to reverse the 21% cuts to Sure Centres! Read here for more.
You can sum up Clegg’s speech with one line from it:
People who are fed up with politicians taking their votes for granted.
How ironic and disconnected.