Interesting to read in The Sunday Times that Nick Clegg is set to dish out peerages to senior Lib Dems in a bid to shut them up in the wake of the party’s obliteration in the EU elections back in May.
The lucky line-up is said to include former MEP for SW England Sir Graham Winston, former Liverpool council leader Richard Kemp, Ming Campbell and Alan Beith.
Isn’t this the same Nick Clegg who, in his party’s 2010 election manifesto, vowed to:
"Replace the House of Lords with a fully-elected second chamber with considerably fewer members than the current House."
before introducing the House of Lords Reform Bill in June 2012 and dropping it the following month?
Or the same Nick Clegg who campaigned in 2010 on a promise to scrap tuition fees and then, once in office, voted to treble them?
Or, indeed, the same chap who campaigned against what he labelled the “Tory Vat Bombshell” on the run-up to the election, happily endorsing the rise from 17.5% to 20% in 2011?
Seems to me that the list of famous policy u-turns from the famous ginger flip-flopper is growing by the day, with the out-of-touch deputy PM willing to say anything to cling on to his personal position.
Not cool. And with Nottingham Lib Dems last week voting in favour of a leadership ballot….the domino effect may well just kick in before #GE2015