Sunday, May 24, 2009

Clegg's being a prat

A petition with 5% of a constituency to recall an MP ?

Typical Lib Dem proposal in that it is:

1) self serving - like those mindless manufactured rage leaflets they push through your door with their candidates pointing at hole in the road ( its just what your stir shamelessly 'local campaigner' false friend Lib Dem would love);
2) impractical. It would mean any political party or religious organisation could remove and MP at any point;
3) just about grabbing headlines for selfish Lib Dems, instead of contributing to the debate; and,
4) has no chance of being implemented ( the true test of a nutty Lib Dem policy ).

The major problem with the Lib Dems is they aren't known for who they really are....


John said...

LibDem unity is maintained by spinning so fast, with weathercock-like views to any and every fair wind.

The more I listen to Clegg, the more of an arse I think he is. At least Kennedy and Campbell were likable people.

wildgoose said...

I am not disagreeing that he's a prat, but I happen to think the "Recall" idea is a good one - but not on as few as 5% of the constituency electorate!

I would suggest a minimum of 12.5% (1 in 8) must sign a petition within a short time frame (say one month).

MPs are supposed to be our servants, not our masters.

Man in a Shed said...

What worries me here is that recall petitions with small thresholds will cause chaos.

Even bigger ones will remove from public life any backbone amongst MPs to deliver bad news.

Who for example could ever vote for a reduction in pensions or restraint in NHS spending ? And yet both are necessary.

We will substitute government by representatives with mob rule by focus group ( something New Labour has come to close to imposing in its own way ).

The worry behind all these calls for reform has to be California, who have created a set of democratic rules, including the ability to recall their governor, that has made saving the state from ruin impossible. If anyone's interested take a look at this article in the Economist "The ungovernable state".

Letters From A Tory said...

Lib Dems make policies for any swing voter who they reckon might vote for them. The principles behind their policies are as confused as Nick Clegg.