I don’t agree with Nick

May 13, 2010 at 11:13 am Leave a comment


Exactly 23 years ago I was living in Fiji (VSO, since you ask) when the democratically elected government was deposed by a military coup. This was bad, you’ll agree, but worse was to come. We woke up the following day to hear that the ministers from the former government, who had lost the election a few weeks before, had now lined up to join the sparkling new military junta! I recall the howls of pure rage emitted by my Fijian flatmate, all before breakfast too.

 This memory came back sharply yesterday as I watched Cameron and Clegg’s love-in outside number 10. Okay, it’s not an actual military coup, but it’s a real betrayal of democratic ideals. A few weeks ago I asked, rhetorically, whether the boy Nick was a closet Tory. We now know that the answer is a resounding “Yes”.

 What of all those Lib Dem activists, genuinely opposed to Cameron’s rightwing agenda, who now find themselves shoring up the shirtsleeved one? And what of those millions of us who want PR? Up to three days ago Nick and his acolytes claimed to be with us, but it turns out they were being economical with the actualité. It wasn’t really about PR or social justice or getting rid of the nukes. No, for Nick it was all about getting his hands on a shiny gas-guzzling ministerial car.

 Let’s never forget, eh?


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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