Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Lib Dems won’t forgive Nick Clegg’s U-turn
Neil Clark: Treacherous Clegg is looking like the Ramsay MacDonald of modern politics.
It's one of the biggest political U-turns of all time. Just six weeks ago, during the general election campaign, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg was attacking Conservative plans to introduce major cuts in public spending before the economy was secure.
“Do I think that these big, big cuts are merited or justified at a time when the economy is struggling to get to its feet? Clearly not.” he told Jeremy Paxman in April. "Of course I would vote against cuts which would destroy any chance we would have of having a sustainable recovery."
Now, though, it's Clegg himself who is making the case for big, big cuts. "We have to take action now so that we can still be in control of our future," he says. Postponing the cuts "would not only be irresponsible, it would be a betrayal of our progressive values".
Could it be that there are really two Nick Cleggs?
You can read the whole article here.