No Sun for Clegg

The reaction to UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech on the floor of the House of Commons today has been all over the map, from gushing to scathing, and the Murdoch kerfuffle looks a lot like the expenses scandal that resulted in several high-profile resignations, capped with then-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s resignation in cheap mlb jerseys June 2009.

It isn’t clear to me, however, that the expenses scandal, more than any other factor (New Labour fatigue, the financial crisis, Cameron’s strong campaign), resulted in Labour’s defeat a year later.

What’s clear is that every Prime Minister in the modern era, from Major to Blair and Brown to Cameron, has cozied up to Murdoch and his media empire, and certainly, the hiring memes of Andy Coulson looks no worse than the swarminess of New Labour in playing nice with Rupert; as Cameron mockingly — and shrewdly — noted, he’s not the PM who hosted a pajama party at Chequers for Rebekah Brooks & Co.  So it’s hard to see how Cameron could be fatally wounded by this scandal; as Andrew Sullivan notes, he may be tempered and strengthened by the experience. Experience  It’s just as hard to see Labour leader Ed Miliband fundamentally transforming his image — even an opposition leader as hapless as Iain Duncan-Smith could make hay from the past two weeks of headlines.

What struck me about Cameron’s aggressively contrite remarks wasn’t anything about Cameron at all, but the man at his right-hand side. wholesale nfl jerseys  At times, I phased out Cameron’s words, cheap jerseys focused more on the wholly defeated and deflated expression on Liberal Democratic leader and deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s face.

Notwithstanding the Cleggmania that enveloped the UK’s 2010 general election for a week or Alexandre two, this scandal underlines that The Sun never came calling to the Liberal Democrats. Furthermore, Clegg is not even 15 months into his pre-arranged five-year coalition with the Tories.  If no one thinks Miliband can ride the Murdoch scandal to No. 10, no one even cares what Clegg thinks, not least of all because the scandal underscores that the Lib Dems in 2010 fell just short of stealing the bottom out of the Labour vote and scrambling the British electoral landscape (such as, say, the NDP in Canada did earlier this year at the expense of the Liberal Party).

Now tethered in sickness and in health to the Tories, a junior partner forced to own all the downside of the Cameron government, it is unlikely that the Lib Dems will have another chance for magic in 经验分享:打造B2C电子商务网站的简单6步 2015 after leaving wholesale nba jerseys the opposition space 1000 solely to Labour.  In a scandal that’s likely to transform the media’s relationship with Westminster, it’s also left Clegg and his his party as afterthoughts, and the anguish written on Clegg’s face confirms the despair at how the scandal crystallizes the Lib Dem frustrations of past, present and future.

 

 

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