Thomas Mathew writes from Brighton: It’s difficult to say really who is more stupid, the Liberal Democrats who have produced some of the most appalling drivel at their annual bash or the hacks who reported about all that loony left rubbish as if it made any sense. The proud British media seems to have forgotten that the Lib Dems are only suitable for ridicule and nothing else.
The funniest thing of all is that some hacks have actually concluded that the Lib Dems have had ‘a good conference’ and that Nick Cleg, their glorious leader, managed to rally his troops and avoid a challenge to his authority. This is the man who said in his speech while keeping a straight face that ‘only the Liberal Democrats could be trusted on the economy’.
The funniest part of Mr Clegg’s speech was devoted to convincing the party faithful that they should ignore the ‘vitriol and abuse’ and avoid the ‘alluring prospect’ of becoming a party of opposition.
The Lib Dem leader obviously got so used to all the perks of government that the mere idea that his troops might rebel against the hated Tories and move to the opposition benches in the House of Commons fills him with horror. He might not have bothered, though. The Lib Dem would sell themselves to anyone in order to be a party of government.
The great economic message was delivered by Vince Cable, the current Business Secretary in the coalition, whose claim to fame is limited to one comment he made in parliament in the days of Gordon Brown when he said that from a Joseph Stalin the Labour PM turned into a Mr Bean. For some bizarre reason this silly comment turned Mr Cable into a celebrity and everyone started to recall that he said some pretty clever things on other subjects as well.
Mr Cable could not resist commenting on the so-called GateGate scandal involving Tory Chief whip Andrew Mitchell, who had a bit of a stand-off with the cops who guard 10 Downing Street with the lives, calling them ‘plebs’ when they refused to let him out on his bike through the main gates and told him to dismount and use the side one.
Mr Cable announced a plan to create a government bank that would give loans to small and medium businesses.
It was clear that Mr Cable had no idea what to do about the economy but the delegates still cheered, probably recalling that joke of his about Joseph Stalin and Mr Bean as after that he didn’t really say anything of any interest.
It was announced at the conference that Paddy Ashdown would be running the Lib Dem election campaign in 2015. And that, ladies and gents, at least gives us all hope that the party would be no more after the next general election.
These are just some of the extracts of todays post. Stirring Trouble Internationally- (A humorous take on news and current affairs ) [Lib Dems Choose Paddy Ashdown To Run 2015 Election Campaign. So There’s Hope Now They’d Be Gone By Then]
- VIDEO: Vince Cable: "I'm just a mere pleb" (bbc.co.uk)
- Vince Cable would be better than Nick Clegg, say lost Lib-Dem voters (standard.co.uk)
- Sacking people turns some Tories on, says Vince Cable (standard.co.uk)
- Atten-shun! Paddy's back to lead the Lib Dems over the top (guardian.co.uk)
- Lib Dem stylewatch: Visual messaging is the new policy booklet (guardian.co.uk)
- Press digests Lib Dem conference (bbc.co.uk)
- Liberal Democrats trail behind UKIP in poll (itv.com)