"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." Thomas Paine
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Clegg and Cable are the last survivors of the sinking of the HMS LibDem. Theres no ship anymore, they can either wait to get picked up by the HMS Tory or try and paddle for land, before the Election Tsunami wipes them out.
Islamic oppression and sexist sharia law should not be allowed free rein in our democratic society.
King Mike is Dead, long live King Simon of Jerilderia
What other areas could they exert their influence on? While they like to consider themselves a check to the Tories less socially "acceptable" reforms, Europe was an area especially as the Tories can't get unity on it. Maybe Clegg thought that there was more chance of doing their thing with the Tories than Brown.
Only in the last week or so Clegg has hinted that in a future GE he would definately consider going into a coalition with the Labour party.
Also, I believe the GE result should be enforced on the winner without the backup of hedging their bets by knowing they can go into a coalition with anyone. Coalitions should be banned, in the interest of fairness and democracy toward the electorate.
He might find it possible to work with Milliband, but Brown I suspect was not an option. Maybe that is a good thing to say about Brown. But I do find him going on about who he could work with in a coalition very weasely, as it must be wrong to fight a GE in the role of king maker. You say that it should be banned, but if Clegg goes into the next election undertaking the role of junior member of a coalition, then he might find that no one votes for him.
The system for GE is wrong in my opinion. Whoever wins it should govern. Coming in second etc denotes that you do not have the backing of the electorate. Allowing party's to scroung around to get a majority is unfair, undemocratic and hypocritical as each party's generally has it's own members/ supporters who will resent a partnership with some other party that is in oposites with them on most things, or at least some things. We should give it a try as this may just break up the old pals act and stop party's being classed as " ALL BEING THE SAME" or, hand in glove with each other.