"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Confused? You Will Be

Brown says vote Labour. Balls & Hain say vote LibDem or Labour. Cameron says vote Conservative. Clegg says vote for me. In the meantime I keep hearing that PaddyPower has already paid out on a Conservative victory - or perhaps I'm still dreaming.

Even the eurocentric Financial Times has declared this morning in favour of the Conservatives, though they do say they have concerns about Cameron's EU intentions (don't we all?) Poor old Clegg doesn't seem to know what he's said from one week to the next, eg, last week he said that electoral reform was "an absolute precondition" today he appears to have backtracked, possibly in the light of Cameron's comments that he would enter into no backroom deals with the LibDems. All things to all men Clegg is desperately trying to retain the position of kingmaker as he first appeals to Brown and then Cameron but seems likely to remain a bridesmaid.

I once nurtured secret dreams of the LibDems forming HM Opposition and, had Clegg stuck to his principles and his manifesto, I'd have more sympathy for him now but he denied the Party's intent on some very big issues: the euro, the EU, immigration, and was found lacking in the debates. As for Vince Cable, his financial jiggery-pokery was exposed months ago in his interview with Andrew Neil (link).

As Balls and Hain carry on the great Fabian tradition of urging their supporters to adopt Labour tactics of saying one thing but doing another, and the backbiting and outright lying continues, I'd like to look forward to a quieter week next week but it seems there's no end in sight, no matter what the outcome of the election. Postal voting fraud is under investigation, the markets are staying open on Friday night, the Unions are twitching and Mandelson is manoeuvring behind the scenes - not a pleasant prospect.


  1. Libdem victory, Nick Clegg as PM with Labour support, Mandelson gets Transport.

  2. Nah, Banned, Labour landslide on 60 million postal votes.

  3. You two will give me nightmares!


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