Friday, May 07, 2010

Would Nick Clegg Go With His Head Or Heart?

The UK election result obviously isn’t a surprise to most of us. The voters sent out a message that is purely a confusing one. However, the beauty of it is what we always expected: Cameron did not win an outright majority; that is a big shame.

This year marked the mess-up of British politics with the damned TV debates. Many call it historic, but that definition does not make it remarkable or brilliant. Come to think of it, Hitler’s acts of racism were historic; so was the bombing of the twin tower in America, and also beheading of King Charles I and the declaration of a republic in 1649.

And for all the millions of pounds that Lord Ashcroft poured into the campaign and the media propaganda by the Murdoch press and Tory-graph, it is disappointing that David Cameron and the Conservatives were still not acceptable enough to get an outright majority. With what face would they be forming a minority or majority coalition government?

For the Liberal Democrats, one would have thought that they have common sense enough to know that you don’t buy, badger in or manipulate real fame, you earn it. So their folly to dance to the media-frenzied tune of fame and counting their egg before it hatched was just not clever.

As the politicians continue to find a use for the election results, Nick Clegg now have the chance to prove to his voters that he is a progressive as they had thought. Anything other than that, the Liberal Democrats will face an even worse acceptance in any election immediately afterwards.

Would he go with the Tories? Would his personal hate of Brown come first before his party principle and ideology? This will be the last test for Nick Clegg and his team in this election. The direction they take at this juncture will carve them out as real Liberals or not. Their voters would be deeply disappointed if they betray them and join the Conservatives when they have the opportunity to merge with fellow progressives like Labour and form a strong movement towards modern reforms.

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