Nick Clegg has called on people to join Labour or the Conservatives. The former Liberal Democrat leader said that Brexit meant the country was “in a state of emergency” and what happened within “the two larger establishment parties” was “of … Continue reading
Only five miles separates the village of Dore from the centre of Sheffield. It takes less than half an hour on the 81 bus, but few of its 5,500 inhabitants use it. This is commuter country. The properties here, on … Continue reading
A Sheffield MP has joined a new cross-party campaign to derail Theresa May’s flagship education reform programme to expand the number of grammar schools in England. Sheffield Hallam MP and former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has joined forces with … Continue reading
LABOUR was forced to issue an apology to Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg over allegations made in a fundraising leaflet, The Yorkshire Post has learned. A letter was sent to Labour members in Sheffield Hallam retracting allegations that the former … Continue reading
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There are signs of renewed activity on the part of the LibDems outside their Sheffield stronghold. A website has appeared which seems to be a statement of intent, click on the image below to view.
Nick Clegg has been granted an expenses allowance worth up to £115,000 a year that was previously only awarded to former prime ministers, it has emerged. The former deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader claimed £101,911 from the so-called … Continue reading
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Private Eye has in the latest edition this mention of Kevin Barron and another local MP: .
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Oft misquoted phrase by George Santayana (1863-1952), the Spanish born philosopher, essayist poet and novelist.
David Cameron badly misjudged yesterdays historic vote in the House of Commons. The split in his party over Europe evident for all to see. When 81 normally pretty loyal MPs defy your Three line Whip you are in deep trouble. This goes some way to explain Cameron’s attempt today, to put a brave face on it, he’s all over the media like a rash as I write.
Yesterdays unedifying spectacle was occasioned by a petition signed by over 100,000 people calling for a proper referendum on the issue of Europe, the backbench business committee had decided that the issue should be debated on Thursday, but had it brought forward to last night, Monday 24th October. This was done for narrow party advantage. The fact that it backfired, big style, just shows the extent of Cameron’s miscalculation and the real trouble he is now in.
Remember this was a ‘peoples petition debate’. Most of us might assume that this would mean that any vote taken was not to be whipped and turned into a party political issue but of course you would be wrong! Three line whips all round! All the three main parties, yesterday, conspired against the people in the most disgraceful of manners! Don’t our opinions count for anything? Shame on the Liberal, Tory and Labour front benches and hearty congratulations to all the rebels who defied their party machines and voted against their party leaderships disgraceful and fundamentally undemocratic position!
Back to where this post began, has Cameron not learnt anything about his own parties past? Not, apparently, on this occasion, over the European question. A test of wills from the start, he has misjudged the mood both of his own backbenchers and the Tory Party members in the country and has also failed to understand the mood of the people. We have had our belly full of distant greedy politicians who do not listen to us, or fight our corner for a change.
The economy is in the doldrums to say the least. Unemployment is growing disproportionately in the North. We are close to an international banking crisis. The whole of Europe is in crisis economically. Business failures are again becoming commonplace. Inflation way above comfortable levels and not set to slacken for quite some time according to Mervyn King the Bank of England Head. The outlook looks bleak for most ordinary people. Oh, and we are told, ‘there is no alternative’!
The picture painted above should be awfully familiar to anyone who studies the Thatcher years from an objective perspective! Why is Cameron so determined to repeat the same mistakes of the past? One thing is for sure, Cameron is no Maggie!
From today’s Observer, By Toby Helm Political Editor:
War breaks out in Downing Street
A year ago Nick Clegg told the Observer he didn’t want to boast of victories over the Tories. But now, as the conference season opens, he has changed tack and gone on the offensive.. Read on……