Clegg the Innocent – Diary of a Benefit Scrounger


Sue Marsh published this last week but it is worth highlighting as it shows up the Liberal Democrats for what they are. You can read the full article on Diary of a Benefit Scrounger but here’s a quick summary:

Never has there been a better example of naive little fishes swimming in a vast, Machiavellian pond than Nick Clegg’s “Orange Bookers”.

It’s easy now to forget just how shocking and incomprehensible we all found even the concept of a Tory/LibDem coalition. To forget those 5 surreal days our democracy was in hiatus, holding it’s breath while just 4 men decided the future of our countries behind a locked door. For 5 days and 5 nights, Cameron, Osborne, Alexander and Clegg hammered out their agreement. A vacuum where one day, history would be.

In fact, Vox Political believes Rob Wilson, Tory MP for Reading East, who reckons the Coalition was in fact agreed in March 2010, two whole months before the general election.

After 29 million, 691 thousand, 380 people had voted, in fact they may as well not have bothered. The manifestos they thought they had voted for were discarded along with student trust and the last drop of belief in our political system. The party of civil liberties was artfully convinced to give them up for the promise of a few tempting beans.

Clegg… came out having ceded to Osborne’s right wing economic strategy, with the promise of a referendum on AV that was dependent on boundary changes that would see the Tories gain an almost indefinite majority in the commons, tripling tuition fees and supporting a welfare reform bill that would throw all but the most fortunate to the wolves.

Almost every policy decision for the next 5 years was decided in that room, by those 4 men. Since then, each time democracy has tried to object, she has been silenced with either bribery, dishonesty or the Whip. From using financial privilege to overturn Lord’s amendments and increasing government surveillance measures, to threatening the BBC and deleting old speeches from the internet.

They ripped up disability living allowance and replaced it with personal independence payments in that room, agreeing to slash a random 20% of people with disabilities from the budget – it was in neither manifesto. They awarded themselves 5 years of power with virtually no possibility of challenge the very day they left the room.

Nothing has demoralised me more than watching previously centre left politicians with apparently, well, Liberal values, file into those lobbies, one by one, in support of slashing payments for disabled children, selling off our NHS in piecemeal chunks and slashing legal aid.

What disgusted me, was being assured through it all that the Lib Dems had somehow stopped the worst excesses of the Tories. I have found myself living in a country that has allowed sick and disabled people to die in hunger and despair and they dare speak to me of mitigation?

Now, we start to see the predictable sight of the little fishes trying to swim like mad away from the shark.

But it’s too late to pretend they’re in the wrong pond now. 

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  1. Mr.Angry October 14, 2014 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Mike reading this makes my blood boil, con men the lot of them, never thought I would witness such deception from such a government in my life time.

  2. marcusdemowbray October 14, 2014 at 11:57 am - Reply

    In previous elections I sometimes voted Liberal/SDP/LibDem but have been shocked how they have betrayed everything I (and supposedly they) believe in. Total betrayal of Britain.

  3. Lovejoy October 14, 2014 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    A very profound article from a very profound woman.

  4. casalealex October 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    In 2002, a secret Liberal Democrat document came to light – produced by the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors – in which local activists were urged to “be wicked, act shamelessly, stir endlessly” in order to win elections.

    In fact, ask anyone who’s been involved in local politics and they’ll tell you Liberal Democrat activists are the most infamous for playing dirty, using underhand methods and being utterly ruthless.

    Exactly as they’ve turned out to be nationally in their coalition with the Tories.

  5. Ulysses October 14, 2014 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Why just the sick and disabled? Dont the unemployed who have suffered destitution count?

    • Mike Sivier October 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      As far as I’m concerned they do; Sue occupies a large amount of her time standing up for the sick and disabled, so it seems likely that this is why she refers exclusively to them and I’m sure no slight was intended.

  6. joanna may October 15, 2014 at 7:02 am - Reply

    If they ever got in again, They would stoop low enough to whack loads of tax on children’s clothes!!

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