Liberal Democrats Swing Both Ways
It is a tough choice for Nick Clegg. He does not want to be the leader that failed to take that “once in a generation” chance to deliver a fairer voting system. So who is he going to choose as the father of his PR baby?
Firstly, there is the younger, stronger and more legitimate choice, the favourite of his family in the country. But David C is a reluctant father being unconvinced that a PR baby is affordable at this time. The future with David looks to be full of arguments and broken promises. Not a basis for a stable relationship.
And then there is older, more experienced and reliable but unloved Gordon, disliked by friends and family, but a much more willing father and someone with whom he shares commons ideas and values but no respect. And no spark of romance there.
So Nick goes out on separate dates with both David and Gordon. Neither takes his fancy. This is hard going. But Nick’s biological clock is ticking, and he must decide by Friday as that is market(s) day. If only there was a younger version of Gordon that his family and friends liked…
Gordon Makes Way For A Younger Man (or Woman)
Gordon does not want David to have the PR baby with Nick. He has recognized his lack of legitimacy so he has decided to step aside for good of his family. He has some younger siblings who can fulfil this marriage of convenience. There is Ed B, David M, Ed M, Alan J, Jon C and Harriet H. Surely one of these can woo Nick and those in the country.
Gordon wants to play the role of best man and make sure the wedding arrangements and the first trimester of the maternity proceed smoothly.
It’s A CONDEM Party as Cameron Gets a Clegg Over
In an admirable demonstration of democracy at work the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties put together a coalition agreement in around 5 days that allowed a successful transfer of power from the old regime to the new. The chemistry between the leaders and indeed the leadership teams with plenty of pragmatism has meant that there was enough goodwill to stitch together an broad agreement that allows the coalition government a practical working majority with the price (sic prize) being a referendum of Proportional Representation (in the weak form the Alternative Vote) in 12 months time.