"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."

Monday, 10 May 2010

The Conservatives Draw The Line

William Hague has made a statement setting out the Conservatives' final position to the LibDems, and the reasons why.  The Labour and LibDem negotiating teams will meet in about an hour's time.

We've been bombarded with messages that we're in 'uncharted waters' - but we're not.  Hung Parliaments may be rare in this country but they're not unknown and there are procedures laid down.  Brown & Co + the media have encouraged people to believe there is room for manoeuvre, for wheeling and dealing and backroom deals when, really, the room for manoeuvre is limited.  These b/stards are making it up as they go along.

The LibDem negotiating team still comprises Danny Alexander, Chris Huhne, David Laws and Andrew Stunnell.   The Labour team is Lord Mandelson, Lord Adonis (former LibDem and SDP Party member), Harriet Harman, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls.

Miliband D, having declared his candidacy for Labour leader earlier, is in hot water because the Cabinet has now announced that there will be "no Leadership announcements until talks with the LibDems are concluded."   He really should learn to watch out for those banana skins.

Someone's being suckered here and I don't mean the electorate (which is a given).  At what stage can the Queen step in and put an end to this undemocratic farce that's making us a laughing stock?   Supposedly, it's only when Brown resigns as PM, which gives him a lot of leeway to screw us over again.

This government has dragged our country to the depths - economically, socially, educationally and constitutionally.  The questions hanging in the air are (1) will the LibDems accept Labour's offer of pushing electoral reform through Parliament without a mandate from the electorate via a referendum, and (2) will they put Party or country first.  The LibDems should have more self-respect and get off the AV merry-go-round.  It was never an election issue.

In all this noise one thing seems to have been forgotten: the people.  We're relegated to the role of bystanders in our own democracy while our 'elite' haggle over power.  It makes you wonder why we bothered to vote when they could have done all these negotiations without us.


  1. Who was it who said something along the lines that there is nothing wrong with the politicians but that they need a new class of electorate?

    And that is exactly how they are treating us. It really is disgraceful the way the politicos are conducting themselves.

  2. Probably Hitler or Stalin, Mr W, but they found a way round it. We're being sidelined in these negotiations and overwhelmed by the clips of Power 2010 demonstrations making the news.

    At least the Conservatives have drawn a line under the whole pantomime. What we're left with is Mandelson/Brown/Clegg in the dance of death. Clegg will never live this down.

  3. PR/AV was not an election issue as you say but suddenly our politicos make it the most important one.

    Nick Clegg is said to be "principled", what is "principled" about making PR your main demand for sharing power with whoever for the sole purpose of electoral advantage for your own party?

  4. Nothing, Banned. Now it seems that the LibDems first spoke to Labour last Saturday, secretly, and Clegg, who actually lost five seats is central to this connivance. People should be out on the streets letting the politicians know that it isn't acceptable. We've got change alright, change for the worst.


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