22 April 2011
Clegg-phobia is based on two hard facts
The deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats is hated by many across the political spectrum.
Why is Nick Clegg the focus of so much hate? There are two reasons.
First, he campaigned against tuition fees, VAT rise, etc and adopted the façade of someone who would bring integrity to dishonest politics. He sold out to the Tories and reneged on his promises.
Second, at least since Thatcher, the Liberal Democrats have presented themselves as a liberal-minded party of the centre left – and with Labour the centre-left had a majority in Britain. Clegg betrayed that tradition by turning the Liberal Democrats into the Tories junior and subordinate partner.
Many want the cane to bite deep into Clegg’s backside and so will now vote no to AV.