Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Nick Clegg very boring liberalish man

So anyway, this bore has narrowly won the Lib Dem leadership election (on the bright side at least he beat that Goddamn, muthaf***in', human-hating, enviro-mentalist, population-controlling freakshow, Chris Huhne). And in his "victory" speech he made the usual bland pronouncments about "ambition and change" and "we want to change politics and change Britain" and the "beginning of Britain's liberal future" and oh its too yawn-inducingly derivative for words. But what with him sprinkling the word "liberal" around like so many hundreds and thousands, this blog wondered just how liberal Cleggie actually is.
According to the Public Whip, Clegg

• voted moderately against the introduction of ID cards. OK, so a fairly basic test of liberalism this, and he gets a tick.
• voted very strongly for investigating the Iraq War. Another tick.
• voted very strongly against the anti-terrorism laws. Big strong tick.
But what's this?
• voted moderately for introducing the smoking ban. Now this measure may have been desirable on public health grounds but it can hardly be described as a liberal one. Clegg begins to look like much less of a dyed in the wool liberal than he makes out.
According to The Christian Institute
• he voted for the 'Lester Amendment' which deleted the incitement to religious hatred offence and instead modifies existing law on racial hatred. So that's another tick for liberalism.
• he voted against increasing the number of regional casinos from 1 to 8. Again, this may be desirable in itself but it can hardly be described as liberal.
• he abstained or was absent on the vote for the deeply illiberal Sexual Orientation Regulations which restrict religious liberty. So we can deduce nothing from that.

So what's the Dolphinarium verdict on Clegg's liberalism? Because we've been bored to stupefaction by him we're feeling in a generous mood, so we'll give him 5/10. He's a liberalish, pretty ordinary, doesn't-stand-out-from-the-crowd kind of guy but not a principled ideological liberal.


Anonymous WorldbyStom said...

He is pretty dull and I wonder if the Lib Dems missed a trick. He also looks very like Cameron visually.Seems a bit hesitant speaking. Still, we'll see in January.

12/19/2007 12:37 PM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

Oh he's a pale carbon copy of Cameron, who is in turn a pale carbon copy of Tony Blair. Blair was the granddaddy of them all, the first slick British politician and the best at it.
I think the slick politician model has now definitely lost its lustre. Accordingly we should declare it dead and demand the return of the individual, the eccentric and the free spirited in politics.

12/20/2007 6:16 PM  
Blogger voltaires said...

You were never in the RCP, were you?

12/20/2007 11:53 PM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

Damn. Rumbled at last. Naah, I wasn't ever a member of the Blairites of the hard left, as I think of them. Hardly - I am not unsympathetic to Comrade Denham's views on the Bosnian issue, in fact.
But I will say that I have a sneaking admiration for my pro-choice opponents hailing from the RCP. There's no question that the Furediites have some of the clearest thinking on reproductive politics around. My one criticism of their style on that subject and others is that it can be so unblinkingly rational as to be emotionless and arid.
And I do have something - or rather someone - in common with the RCPers. We share a major intellectual influence in the late great ****** *****.

12/21/2007 8:02 AM  
Blogger voltaires said...

The late, great Ayn Rand?

12/22/2007 3:04 PM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

No, silly, Ayn (3 letters) Rand (4 letters) doesn't fit ****** (6 letters) ***** (5 letters) does it?
A small clue: it's J****n S***n.

12/23/2007 8:57 PM  
Blogger voltaires said...

Ah, Justin Stain. Fine fellow... :D

12/24/2007 3:46 AM  

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