Jeremy Hunt should have been referred to the ministerial commissioner. It is an absolute disgrace that he wasn’t. It is a further disgrace that he has been rewarded with one of the largest ministries, Health. Straw one.
Straw two. David Laws perhaps deserved a few years counting paper clips somewhere in the bowels of Whitehall. But not attending cabinet. That is wrong. But the fact that the party leadership seems to think that Lib Dem bloggers will defend this by repeating the disingenuous line that “the taxpayer didn’t lose it out” is utterly disgraceful.
But the final straw has just come. I saw a tweet from Laura Kuenssberg of ITV saying Lord Ashcroft has been appointed to the Privy Council.
At first I thought this was a joke. One of those all too common Twitter spoofs.
But, then, no, I saw it listed on official paperwork.
Then I thought, hang on, it must be another Lord Ashcroft. There are multiple Lords with the same name. You have to check the “of” bit. There must be another anonymous do-gooding Lord Ashcroft somewhere who has been made a Rt Hon. But no, it is indeed Lord Ashcroft KCMG, Baron Ashcroft of Chichester. Not Belize.
Well that’s it. I’m done. Ashcroft to the PC is the final straw. After all the stuff about his tax. Really the last straw. Good night, Nick Clegg. I no longer support you or this coalition government. I can’t support a Tory government that is starting to mimic spoofery. It’s entered a parallel existence where everything it does is what you would expect in a spoof. But no, it is serious. I will remove Nick Clegg’s picture from this blog as soon as I can be bothered to be that petty.
I now support the removal of Nick Clegg as Lib Dem leader as soon as possible and his replacement with Tim Farron. Yay Tim! I am sorry. Nick Clegg has done a great deal of good work and I admire him. But he has made too many misjudgments and this reshuffle and the honours announcements following it are the final straw. This government is a disgrace.
The problem with Nick Clegg is that he is so good at talking himself out of tight corners, that he has started to become “devil may care” and stopped worrying about putting himself into difficult situations because he either thinks he can talk himself out of them or he has resigned himself to not surviving as LD leader after 2015 anyway.Tweet