Tuesday, February 26, 2008

What a bunch of kids.

Lib Dem MP, Edward Davey made himself and his party look like a bunch of spoilt brats today. I realise that Nick Clegg, the Lib Dems leader is desperate to distract public gaze from his failure to honour his party's promise that the British public would be given a referendum on the new EU Treaty (which is substantially the same as the EU Constitution which led to the promise being made). I've only seen this sort of childishness once before - when Dafydd Wigley led Plaid Cymru out of the Assembly Chamber because Lynne Neagle (her again) wouldn't allow him to intervene on her speech. Only time I ever saw Dafydd make a pillock of himself.

It wouldn't be so bad if Davey and Clegg actually meant it. The position is that the Lib Dems tried to manipulate a vote on whether the UK should remain in the EU, even though there is no demand for such a vote (except from Ukip of course). The idea is that when this totally bizarre proposition was carried (as it would be), these backsliders would claim it as the vote they had reneged on. The whole stunt was pure presentation. It really is no wonder that the public hold politics and politicians in such low esteem. Ed Davey, Nick Clegg were rumbled and they should be ashamed of themselves.


Dr. Christopher Wood said...

I thought John Redwood's comments were quite pert where JR talked of "synthetic anger" manufactured by the Lib-Dems; and And Neil O'Brien, director of the I Want a Referendum campaign put it quite well, from the BBC: "They wanted to camouflage the fact that they have chickened out of a referendum on the constitutional treaty by calling for a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU."

Dr. Christopher Wood said...

Lib-Dem Party's leader is the biggest kid in town - didn't anyone take notice of his teenager antics when he set fire to some innocent green cacti? In my humble opinion, by electing Clegg as their leader, the Lib-Dems have cut off the oxygen supply to their own party's head. Think of a wind turbine using it own blades to chop off its own head ... you will get the picture ... or if you can't, see this:


Glyn Davies said...

christopher - You're right. John Redwood got it spot on.

Edward ap Sion said...

Totally agree. How very strange that the Lib Dem Foreign Affairs spokesperson did not partake in the walkout. It was a very calous stunt that made me cringe. That'll be another 5 per cent off the turnout at the next election.

Anonymous said...

There totally is a demand for a referendum.

I know it's a stupid proposal, but if there was a referendum to decide 'do you want a referendum?' the yes vote would win overwhelmingly. And then the yes we want to leave side would also win overwhelmingly.

Even though there would be the unholy alliance of a Lab/Con/Lib/Nat/Green alliance.

HAve you ever thought why UKIP do so well in Mont?

Glyn Davies said...

edward - agreed.

anon - I would be very surprised if you were to be right. I do think that a referendum on signing up to the Treaty would produce a resounding No - but I do not think that a referendum on whether we should withdraw from the EU would produce a Yes vote. In my opinion, it would produce a No vote which would be interpreted as popular support for further European integration. Perhaps Ukip would welcome a referendum, but the result would produce the opposite of what they actually want. In my opinion that is. Which is why the Lib Dems, the UK's resident euro federalists want one.

Anonymous said...

Free Europe!

Vote YES at www.FreeEurope.info