Anti-Clegg move not picking up significant support

110416-A-FG822-136Tin hat and flak jacket donned…

Mark Pack has an excellent running record on his blog of the known party activities concerning the leadership.

Here is his summary as I write:

9 local parties have voted on a leadership contest: 6 against and 3 in favour a leadership contest

3 local parties have consulted members through meetings: 3 against a leadership contest

29 local party executives have discussed the party’s leadership and not gone ahead with a motion on having a leadership contest (i.e in effect against a leadership contest)

Full details are here.

I greatly respect those who have been arguing against Clegg.

But they’ve basically lost on this occasion. I think it is best that they follow the example of Martin Tod and focus on constructively moving forward rather than going around and around in circles making the same arguments again and again like a dog chasing its tail.

I’m still pinching myself at finding myself Cleggside on this one. I opposed him in the leadership contest, staged my own little protest against him two years ago, and I tend to be on the beard and sandals wing of the party.

But I was hugely impressed by Clegg clearly stating that we are the party of “In” Europe. He is an excellent Deputy Prime Minister. Instinctively I feel inclined to support him.

We can have the leadership discussion after May 2015. It’s going nowhere fast at the moment.

Millennium Dome, Elephant has put all this much better than I can here. In summary, MD,E says:

1. Clegg is a Liberal
2. He is saying Liberal things
3. He’s by far the best we have at communicating Liberal things
4. The Coalition’s policies look like they are just beginning to work
5. He does listen

And, by the way, nostalgia for Charles Kennedy’s leadership is excellent. But it is a rather rose-tinted view of things. Charles is an excellent man. But it would be rather indecorous to disinter the old arguments about him.

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One thought on “Anti-Clegg move not picking up significant support

  1. It may be true what is said above, but it is also true that
    1. Nick Clegg, through his weakness in handling coalition has destroyed the Liberal Democrats in large swathes of the country
    2. He is saying Liberal things, but only does what he wants
    3. He’s by far the best we have at communicating Liberal things, but only if you want most of the country to despise Liberal things
    4. The Coalition’s policies look like they are just beginning to work. But only if you believe that a short term improvement based on another Conservative housing bubble is the right way to go.
    5. He does listen, and then does exactly what he wants, and he never takes constructive criticism.
    6. He has lost us over a third of our members (down 22,000); very nearly half of our councillors (down 2,150); 11 out of 16 MSPs (we only won in Orkney and Shetland); and 10 out of 11 MEPs.
    7. There are now vast swathes of the country where there is no Lib Dem representation at all – No MEP, MP, or local councillor.
    8. If we do nothing, it will be our fault. No one else’s.

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