Ed Miliband is right to rule out a deal with Nick Clegg….
The BBC have carried this story and Luke Boizer doesn’t like it; he accuses Ed of ‘pandering to the Party’. Let’s step-outside this debate and ask a serious question. I assume its agreed that alot of Labour fire will be concentrated on the Liberal Democrats and Clegg in particular. So, after spending five years hammering Clegg and his party for their betrayal how on earth will we maintain electoral credibility if we jump into a Coalition with the chief traitor and ex Deputy Prime Minister in a government we despise? Ed isnt pandering at all he is just talking common sense politics.
Nick Clegg made it patently clear he would not work with Gordon Brown because he would ‘lack credibility’ having lost the election. How is Clegg any different? Having lost the election as part of this government why would Clegg magically have more credibility than Brown did? We would be a joke if we went into a Coalition with Clegg-led Liberal Democrats. Therefore, Ed in saying working with Clegg would be ‘difficult’ and effectively ruling it out is just stating that which should be immediately obvious to anybody.
Does Luke seriously imagine this coalition would be approved by the Labour membership many of whom may well remember how Nick Clegg actually treated Gordon Brown and this Party in the negotiations that led to the formation of this current government. Brown and this Party were treated with utter contempt and we were effectively used as a bargaining chip for Clegg to gain more leverage over the Conservatives. Consequentially any such coalition would divide our Party down the middle and lead to a mass exodus of members. Again one imagines that Ed Miliband realises this and this is where his comments came from; those who dream of a Lib-Lab future have to recognise that dream has died and there is certainly no future for it with Nick Clegg in charge.