They're a funny lot, the Lib Dems. You try to be nice to them, and what do they do - spit in your face. I've never uttered a bad word about Vince Cable, but he was being really vile to us at this weekend's Lib Dem Conference. Its enough to inspire a Zac Goldsmith outburst. This is really worth watching. I'd always wondered if Zac was too nice to be a politician. I will wonder no more. Reason Mr Cable was so vile was his view that the markets have reacted badly to the threat of a 'hung parliament' because the Conservatives told them to. I thought he knew a bit more about markets than that. They decide for themselves Vince. If you carry on like that, the reaction will be even worse.
Anyway, lets turn to Mr '30 ladies' Nick Clegg. He's a bit like one of those girls who are all over a bloke one minute, chewing his ear and things, and just when his boiling point is approaching, b****** off with somebody else. Last week Mr Clegg was telling the world how much he admired Margaret Thatcher, and how he wanted to cut the deficit by £10 billion next year, and how all of the deficit reduction would come from cuts in public spending. Severe cuts I think he said. And where was he today. Telling us we shouldn't be cutting the deficit at all next year. I can understand that he doesn't want to be too 'pushy' at this point, but there's no need to be so nasty about it.
Mr Clegg's problem is that lots of the Lib Dems closet Labour. We saw that in Wales in 2007, when Mike German, their leader at the time wanted to enter a 'Rainbow Coalition' with the Conservatives and Plaid Cymru. But the current leader Kirsty Williams, (do you remember THAT interview) and a few others scuppered the plan at an internal party meeting. Montgomeryshire played a part in that fiasco. Former MP, Lord Carlile was reported to have been working behind the scenes, and current MP, Lembit Opik, openly advocated a Lib Dem- Labour Coalition. I wonder if he's 'forgotten' that. Whatever, I'm going to carry on being nice to all the Lib Dems in Montgomeryshire - no matter how rude some of them are to me.