Regular visitors to this blog know I would like to be elected Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire. While not dismissing the chances of Nick Colborne, Bruce Lawson, or the selected but as yet un-named Plaid Cymru candidate, my main opponent is likely to be Lembit Opik, the incumbent Liberal Democrat MP. I've always got along pretty well with him, and in general, don't criticise the way he chooses to represent my home area - despite plenty of encouragement to do so. And anyway, I'm fairly 'libertarian' in outlook. But I found his decision to become the political columnist for the Daily Sport as 'crossing the line'. As a resident of Montgomeryshire, I felt ashamed that my MP should be working for what I consider to be a extremely down market pornographic publication.
Now I don't suppose my opinion matters much. And it won't have much impact on Montgomeryshire voters - because very few of them will ever know about this. This sort of thing is not reported locally. And the Daily Sport does not sell that many copies. But the opinion of Nick Clegg, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party does matter. In today's Telegraph, Mr Clegg has gone as far as he can, short of outright condemnation of Lembit. I don't think I can recall a case where a Party leader has been so openly disdainful of a colleague. Here are some quotes from the article;
'Mr Clegg speaks candidly of his frustration at the lack of judgement shown by......(Brian Paddick and)........Lembit Opik who failed to become party president'
As a father of young children, Mr Clegg says he would not allow a copy of the Daily Sport in his house - yet Mr Opik, the Liberal Democrat MP for Montgomeryshire writes a column for the publication....'
And Mr Clegg is then quoted as saying "Do I think Lembit's walking a tightrope? Yes I do." .... I think people are full of common sense. They can distinguish between one or two individuals doing their own thing and what we as a team as doing as a whole" Wow - Its obvious who is not part of any team!
I just thought you ought to know.