Nick Clegg, the curtain falls?

The Deputy PM is not a distraction, he is pathetic

fagged out Clegg and the TEA party!fagged out Clegg and the TEA party!
When in 1981 Greece joined the EU perhaps there was a whoop of joy from the office of the then MEP Jacques Delors, 'another one in the bag'. A long time ago getting countries to join in this grand plan was akin to a child collecting Dinky toys, the more the merrier. It was the same when later on the single currency was created; problems? Oh never mind! We will sort those out later. It was always principle first practicalities later.

The euphoria, a good word to describe the creation of anything related to the EU, was apparent. So a long list of weak and dodgy countries some unable to meet important criteria, others unwilling and some both, made up the numbers. Only recently did Delors say what he thought about it all. But not a peep from him or any of the other euphoric people, the motley crew who without question support the EU, at the time all this was happening. Did they know and keep quiet or did they not understand? This is important. For the study of history, you would have thought, is only worthwhile if you can learn from it so as not to repeat mistakes.

Which brings us bang up to date. What mistakes have been made in the last few days by the EU leaders? Again the best place to go for that information is EU Referendum The purpose of this post is to lower our gaze somewhat, well a lot actually, for we are considering Nick Clegg who is a sort of litmus paper for all of the pro-EU movement. If Clegg is having trouble then so will all the others like him. However, eventually it must be obvious that if the PM wants to redefine the EU's relationship with the UK there will come a time when, if Clegg is doing badly, that the PM redefines his relationship with the lot of them.

The moment David Cameron said no to Merkozy it was clear that the coalition, a relationship equally as fraught as the EU, would come under pressure. Clegg tied himself to the EU dream on the assumption that this would turn out to be a rewarding experience for his party. Clegg, as an ex-MEP can expect a decent pension for his efforts in return for this so he must stay loyal to the dream. Not so difficult as you might think as no interviewer has ever asked him to state the exact terms of his commitments to the EU and how he squares them up with being deputy PM.

It would help if Clegg was a little smarter, for despite his gift for languages he really is dim. How can he expect to be taken seriously having first appeared to back his coalition partner only to lay into Cameron once he had got back from Brussels? But then perhaps Clegg is a bit like Delors, not a peep at the time but wise after the event. What Clegg also gets away with is never being asked what he would have done differently and, crucially, how this would have been better.

The present mood is still not settled, but typically the pro-EU fraternity would have you believe that the UK is 'isolated' while the eurosceptics suggest that the UK has broken free from a trap. But this is so UK-centric, how about some sensible analysis of what is going on? Well first let's remind ourselves that for Glegg and like-minded souls the EU is a dream. The concept of an ever closer union assumes flows from the good to the bad to make them, well better, good even! There's never an average, never a levelling down only ever a levelling up. This is so stupid but then it's the same dream as shared by Merkozy.

Finally we learn that Clegg was not in the House of Commons when Cameron was giving his speech explaining himself, Clegg did not want to be a 'distraction'. Oh how funny that is! Clegg would no doubt like to suggest that Cameron 'walked away' from his 'responsibilities' in Brussels. But what to make of Clegg's actions? He is pathetic. He could not face the problems his own and his party's policies have got him into. But then in that respect he is just like Merkozy. The EU in general and the single currency in particular have created a mess that yet more Franco-German regulation will not solve. They are all dreamers and fools, we are better off out.

Footnote -

One of the best comments on the EU/Cameron bust-up is by Frederick Forsyth. As usual it's funny and accurate, even affectionate towards the Germans, this man is no 'little Englander'. Even so one can hardly imagine Clegg having much in common with the man, but then that's the Deputy PM for you.