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The biggest test so far for Nick Clegg

May 16th, 2009 Posted in UK Politics by


I have been dismayed and frustrated by Nick Clegg’s “invisibility” in the past two or three days.

Andrew Grice writes in The Independent today that the expenses row just might be good news for the Lib Dems – that this Party could be answer to the voters’ call for a new politics. And I certainly agree with Mr Grices conclusion that the expenses row is a big opportunity for Nick – and a big test.

I therefore trust that Nick will emerge in the next 48hours – and no later – with a clear, bold and brave position. I agree with those that say he should be fair. I agree also with those who urge thoughtfulness. But fairness and thoughtfulness must not be excuses for lack of decisive action.

He needs to show unequivically that he is willing to take tough and necessary action against those Lib Dem MPs and Lords who have fallen short of our expectations and he needs to lay out a clear set of ideas about how we move forward.

Mark Littlewood wrote yesterday of the test facing the Federal Executive Committtee on Monday. This is an even bigger test for the leader. I hope  both will be found up to the challenge.

6 Responses to “The biggest test so far for Nick Clegg”

  1. Mark Littlewood Says:

    I think Nick gets an A+ for his interview on Marr this morning. More stuff like this please.

  2. Ziggy Encaoua Says:

    Other then politicos I’d love to know who actually gets up to watch Marr on Sunday morning

  3. Mark Littlewood Says:

    It has about a million viewers if I remember rightly.

    Its real significance is – a bit like the Today programme – not in the numbers watching/listening at the time, but its ability to drive the news agenda across the day. I’d expect Nick to be clipped on every news bulletin today and mentioned across the press tomorrow.

    The Marr interview is just a platform to achieve this really.

  4. Ziggy Encaoua Says:

    Once I’ve listened to the new Green Day CD I’ll give it a watch

  5. Julian Harris Says:

    Ziggy, as liberal as we’d like to be on this blog, I’m not sure we can tolerate Green Day.

  6. Ziggy Encaoua Says:

    I’m not sure how much more I can tolerate they’re starting to sound less like The Ramones & more like Queen