SHOULD NICK CLEGG STAND DOWN AS LIBERAL DEMOCRAT LEADER? – According to ex-Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik that’s exactly what Nick Clegg should do. In fact Mr. Opik took it a step further and remarked that if the Liberal Democrat Party were a business then Nick Clegg would have been sacked years ago.
So why is Nick Clegg being attacked for his leadership abilities now? The truth is that we are rapidly approaching the 2015 General Election and the Liberal Democrat Party has now slipped well behind UKIP in the polls; something that many insiders feel is the biggest insult to the Party.
Mr. Opik feels that the Liberal Democrat Party is heading for disaster with Nick Clegg at the helm and if it is to regain any resemblance of a ‘unified’ party then Nick Clegg must step down.
Mr. Opik is not alone his he assessment of Nick Clegg’s lack of leadership skills for Lord Oakeshott has also warned the Liberal Democrats that it could be reduced to just 20 seats at the next General Election which would see it once again being sideline to the back of the House of Commons.
Mr. Clegg responded by saying that this issue comes up ever year and that his long-standing critics are predictable in their attacks; almost like clockwork.
At the Party conference in Glasgow, Mr. Clegg ignored his critics and urged the party to unify around him in order to regain the trust and support of its members.
Mr. Clegg insisted that the strength of the Liberal Democrats is its ability to debate; some might argue that this very acknowledgement is part of the problem as party member appear to have wildly differing views and therefore is rarely able to form a consensus on any particular issue.
Mr. Clegg is right; debate is a crucial element in politics however for a political party to survive it must consist of members that have a common goal – something that the Liberal Democrats clearly does not have.
Despite forming an alliance with the Tory Party which led to our current coalition government the relationship has been fought with tensions. Many perceived that the coalition would never provide for proactive or practical solution to governing Britain due to the vast divide in political beliefs in the way the good ship Britain should be steered.
This has become evident and with Nick Clegg continuously having to veto everything that David Cameron proposes it is clear that Nick Clegg does not have the ability to debate an issue in the way he purports.
Liberal Democrat insiders are now resigned to the fact that the public are not going to provide the party with the vote in 2015 that would bring it into power; in fact it’s likely they will come in fourth place behind Labour and UKIP.
Many party members feel that Nick Clegg has done irreparable damage to the party and that the prospects of an election victory are now completely unrealistic.
The truth is that Mr. Clegg never really liked the idea of a coalition with the Tories and that Mr. Clegg is often seen as little more than David Cameron’s poodle.
As Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has performed abysmally and it’s unlikely his performance will improve over the next year and a half.
This issue the voting public has is one of making a clear and decisive decision; that is pick a party that is able to form a majority government in order to avoid the conflicting views that continuously result in a stalemate with nothing ever being achieved.