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position where he has to look like the old guys in order to try and change the system. This is how the 2010 elec- tion will be defined in the future. The question of whether or not Nick can succeed in getting voting reform with- out having his party, credibility or po- litical career destroyed. If he can then 2010 will be seen as a real watershed moment, a time when real change occurred brought about by a historic coalition of parties more interested in the Nation than narrow party political philosophies. However, what is more likely is that the Tory cuts will hit hard, Nick Clegg will be hammered for back- ing Cameron by a resurgent Labour party backing the working class and the coalition will fall apart as Lib Dem backbenchers abandon a sinking ship. The Lib Dems will be annihilated in the following election and voting re- form or no we’re back to a two party system. Or are we?

One of the main reasons for voting reform is that people can see how un- fair the system is. After all how fair is it that a fifteen thousand majority in one seat is equal to a majority of four in another? It’s not and the system needs to be changed. The unfortunate thing about this is that in order to bring about the change Nick Clegg has had to surrender his own party to the wolves (and I have no doubt that this was not his intention). People who wanted a left of centre government (and there are a lot) will not forgive or forget Nick’s acquiescence to David Cameron (even though he said he would deal with the party with the biggest share of seats/vote) and pun- ish accordingly, while the Conserva- tives will be out in force to make sure they never have to make a deal again. After this however, what happens next could be interesting. As time marches on and we have a system (hopefully) of voting that means that every vote counts new ideas, new parties might start to flourish. A lot of people you hear on television, radio or in the street know that Labour and the Tories aren’t perfect, far from

it and as the system changes these new ideas and ways of doing things will could well force the big parties to either change their outlook or lose their votes to these smaller parties. Suddenly a real chance for change appears rather than empty rhetoric of the last thirteen years; people’s voices count, people’s votes matter. This is what the General Election of 2010 will be remembered for in years to come... as well as Nigel Farage’s silly plane crash and the hammering of the BNP in East London and Essex.

Whatever might happen in the next few months let alone the next five years is difficult to predict. There are so many variables. Ideally we’ll get proper voting reform and the chance to get a government that represents all the people of Britain (or as close as damn possible) and Nick Clegg will not be vilified for taking the oppor- tunity. We could however be enter- ing an even stranger twilight world where Ed Balls becomes Labour leader and every Labour member resigns, or where David Cameron suddenly goes insane and Nick Clegg is left in charge. Hopefully we’ll be able to get the economy right and people close to the poverty line or unemployed will not be sacrificed to do it. More likely though is another election in a couple of month’s time. See you there...

Cleggaron has given its first co- speech and has taken questions from various members of the British press. Lib Dem voters are said to have felt betrayed and the Labourites are said to be up in arms, except for the ever- imperturbable James Carew. He talks about how he’s responding with the new Lib/Con coalition.

There are two things people often call me. Well, actually, no. There are many things people often call me, but for the sake of staying on-topic and staying pre-watershed, I’m only going to include two of them; they call me an optimist and they call me a Labour voter. So, given the current state of our leadership, logic dictates that I

should be running through the streets of our fair kingdom, naked, save for my doom-prophecy-daubed sand- wich board. I should be performing some kind of Japanese ritual suicide to escape the shame of enduring five years of living under a *shock-gasp- horror* Tory government. At the very, very least I should be praying for my immortal soul as David Cameron’s rise to Prime Minister is clearly foretold in the Book of Revelations. But I’m not. Instead, I’m currently sat in my computer chair, sipping a cup of cof- fee and browsing the Internet in a contented pool of quiet. Occasionally, the scattershot clack of my keyboard will puncture the gentle serenity of this picture, but otherwise, this is a calm scene. I remain a calm person. And, in my experience over the last week and a bit, I believe this makes me some kind of biological freak as the desire to vote Labour and the ability to stay rational appear to be completely at odds with one another on a genetic level.

It happens every time there’s a par- liamentary change in this country. A new party rises to leadership and the opposite side starts strapping on their lifejackets and preparing themselves for a rousing finalchorus of Nearer, My God, To Thee.

They wait with a sense of morbid glee for the looming iceberg of social disaster (that only they can see, of course) to come barreling into us so they can get in one last “I TOLD YOU SO!” before our ruined country is swallowed up by the waves, leaving behind a severely confused Ireland looking very much like a dog whose master has, rather abruptly, fallen down a manhole. And it never bloody happens. I apolo- gise for sounding so disappointed, but I place great deal of faith in dramatic exposition. As a writer, doom and gloom is my metaphorical bread and butter. I’m a firm believer in delivering on your promises and, every election, all the political pundits build us up for this great, climactic battle where the Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36
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