My parliamentary ambition requires that I take some interest in significant statements by the Lib Dem leadership. So I was interested in how today's 'major' speech by Nick Clegg at his Party's Spring Conference at Liverpool was going to be 'spun' to the media. What important message did he want to cast forth onto our airwaves. What great ideas did he have to repair the wreck of his disastrous week (or 'mixed'week as Vince Cable described it today). Well, it seems to be as bad an example of meaningless waffle as I've ever heard. Perhaps Vince Cable will describe the speech as Nick Clegg 'doing his best' which is how he described his handling of the EU Treaty debate. No wonder they call him Brutus.
Now, we all know that the Lib Dems are the party of Proportional Representation. This anorak-ish principle has been fundamental to the Lib Dems for as long as I can remember. We all also know that a consequence of this electoral system is that political parties have to form some sort of coalition after an election - unless there is a landslide of a force we have never yet seen in the UK. So what do we make of what Clegg has been saying today.
Apparently, Nick Clegg will never (Yes, that's what this man said) join a Labour or Conservative Cabinet. Perhaps he might do a deal with the BNP or Ukip! He's in favour of something he calls a 'pluralist' form of Government - though no-one from the Lib Dems has been prepared to explain what this entails.
"I am interested in a new type of government....based on pluralism.....a new system that empowers people rather than parties".
What on earth does this mean. Its gibberish. Its total b*****ks. It wouldn't be so bad if this man who's been waffling on about empowering the people hadn't last week reneged on his party's promise to empower the people through a referendum on the EU Treaty. I'm really looking forwards to reading what sense Peter Black, a fairly sensible fellow, makes of this airy-fairy nonsense on his blog. I won't hold my breath though, because anyone fairly sensible will say nothing and hope we all forget about it fairly quickly.