It seems Nick Clegg wants to ride roughshod over the democratic will of the people. The Lib Dem leader said today that he wouldn’t go into coalition with any party that required support from either UKIP or the SNP. The man has clearly lost the plot. He has forgotten what representative democracy is all about, and this from the man who fought for proportional representation while Deputy PM. He fought for a PR system that would for the most part ensure that no party would ever gain an overall majority in Westminster. This from the leader of a party which for decades has advocated a federated United Kingdom. It says in the Lib Dem Constitution that they “commit ourselves to the promotion of a democratic federal framework within which as much power as feasible is exercised by the nations and regions of the United Kingdom.
As the Better Together campaign so noisily told us; all UK governments govern for the whole UK and the MPs operate for the good of all irrespective of their constituency. A Lib Dem MP from the Northern Isles carries the same weight as one from London, or Manchester or Cardiff, that’s the foundation of our Parliament.
So, not content with propping up the Tories for the last five years Nick Clegg wants to design his own government for the next five years irrespective of the vote. He really has lost the plot. For the sake of argument let us postulate that on May the 8th we have 100 MPs that are neither Labour nor Conservative. Of those 100 there are say 35 Lib Dems, 45 SNP, and the rest a mixture of DUP, SDLP, Sinn Féin, UKIP and the Greens, this is not unreasonable given the polls and that Miliband and Cameron can command say 275 MPs each. For either of the two big parties to get into number 10 legitimately they would have to have the support of 2 or more of smaller parties. Is Nick Clegg, the supposedly arch democrat, seriously telling us he wouldn’t work with Labour and the SNP? Or are some MPs more equal than others? Or would he get into bed with the DUP some of whose MPs are at best sceptical about climate change and would look wipe the ’67 Abortion Act from the statute book?
I think we should be told.