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Day 5229: A Thank You to the Liberal Democrats
5 hours ago
“Mr President, we need to discuss your forward engagements.”Some how I think not.
“Ah yes, right OK. I will do NATO. Good chocolates. Yes to the UN conference, I got an excellent bottle of champagne last time. I'll send the foreign minister to the OPEC thing, they don't give you any booze. But I am not going to London again. Last time I went all I got was a ***** tea towel!”
"This is the part of the speech where convention dictates I make some jokesThis passage says "I am different - I am serious - I am a more grown up kind of politician - I offer change from the past - and hope for a different and better future". This is very much what was at the core of the Obama message. It was what I think Clegg was trying to convey in his speech.
about Labour and the Conservatives. But I'm not going to.
There is a time for knockabout mockery - there's plenty every Wednesday afternoon at Prime Ministers Questions - but this is not it.
People deserve better. They will rightly not forgive politicians keen only to score points off each other...
When what they desperately need is money in their pockets, job security,
a roof over their heads, and hope.
There is only one big dividing line that matters in British politics right now.
On one side, there are people who want to patch up the old way of doing things. Keep our economy dependent on financial wizardry. Keep power among the old elites. Cling to those old 80s ideas with a tweak here, or a nip and tuck there.
And on the other side, there are people who want to build something truly new, truly better. An economy that's stable, green, diverse. A society built on freedom, compassion and enterprise. A politics that puts the opportunity for a better life into the hands of every woman, every man and every child."
"A never-ending cycle of red-blue, blue-red government has got us into this mess - it is never going to get us out.
Try something new.
Now is the time to think big.
If you want better, choose different.
Choose the Liberal Democrats."