Inevitably, the papers have focused on the irresistible rise of the talented Mr Clegg, and what this could mean for the future of British democracy.
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Inevitably, the papers have focused on the irresistible rise of the talented Mr Clegg, and what this could mean for the future of British democracy. The Sunday Times reports that Clegg is “nearly as popular as Churchill”. In response to this the Tories have, rather curiously, attempted to paint wee Nicky as a sort of latter-day Lord Haw-Haw whose secret aim is to sell us all out to the straight banana Eurocrat fascists on the Continent.
“It’s thir policy to join the euro,” Hague bellows. “That is completely out of step with the majority of people in this country.” In yet a further signal that the Tories are going retro on us, and boogieing like it’s 2001. Remember Hague’s “12 days to save the pound”? Well, if you’ve got a winning formula, it’s a good idea to stick to it, eh chaps?
Poll watch up next. A Comres poll for the Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror puts the Tories on 31, the LibDems on 29 and the comrades on a paltry 27 percentage points, which would somehow mean that Labour would still comprise the largest party in a hung parliament. It’s a cruel game, this politics business. Meanwhile, YouGov has the Tories on 33, Labour on 30, and the Liberals on 29.
Hear that sound in the distance? It’s the sound of the political punditry whetting their lips that this election is not going to be quite as dull as the interminable manifesto launches earlier this week had us believe. “Barack Obama!” squeals the Observer, in the time honoured fashion in which left-wing papers are required to signal approval at an unexpected change in electoral events.
And now for something nearly completely different: Camilla Long goes to interview Labour candidate Gloria de Piero and finds something even more amazing, namely a far-away land beyond the M25 that the locals call Ashfield, which is still suffering from the coal mine privatisation and closure under the Tories. There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in David Cameron’s “Big Society”, eh Camilla?
Speaking of which, back in London, David Cameron is still going on about the revolutionary importance of the said “Big Society” proving that he’s watching a completely different episode of “General Election 2010” to the rest of us. Having seen the polls following the Leaders’ debates, the everyone else has tuned into the fact that when a politician claims to have a “big idea” they have, in reality, neither.
And, finally, Henry Porter produces another of his articles about how ZanuLiebore TOTALLY hates freedom and we should all vote Tory. If it feels like you’ve read it before, that’s because you will have done.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.