Aug 9, 2012

UK comic incompetence, with a dash of Metallica

While Britain harvests a veritable galleon of gold in the Olympics, the Coalition running the joint is going for the wooden spoon.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


While Britain harvests a veritable galleon of gold in the Olympics, the Coalition running the joint is going for the wooden spoon.

Nick Clegg, the “Eddie the Eagle” of UK politics, this week announced that the Lib-Dems would not support the Conservative push to reform constituency boundaries in the House of Commons. The move is in response to David Cameron’s abandonment of attempts to reform the House of Lords, in line with Lib-Dem preferences. The Lib-Dem proposal would have seen all remaining hereditary peers removed, and life peers replaced with a mix of elected “senators” — chosen by proportional representation, with 15-year terms — and 90 appointed members, as well as the existing religious members, several bishops and the chief rabbi.

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6 thoughts on “UK comic incompetence, with a dash of Metallica

  1. Gavin Moodie

    Thanx for this. I am disappointed but not surprised that Labour is opposing the redistribution. Surely there is an opportunity to reach agreement on introducing a fair electoral system, if necessary in stages.

  2. Boddy Simon

    I don’t know what let’s you say that the uk doesn’t have distinct regions. You won’t get out if you try saying that in a bar over there. And now could be the time to remember that brown was offering clegg preferential voting without a referendum two years ago. What a screw up.


  3. Keith Thomas

    Some of the Crikey reporting from the UK and the USA has a whiff of out-dated cultural cringe. While we like to learn what’s going on in those countries and appreciate the ‘behind the scenes’ detail from Guy Rundle and your occasional freelance journalists, I would prefer to see more of an explicit “So, why should we care?” approach. Just because something is news (info-tainment) in the USA or in the UK does not mean we in Australia can benefit from immersing ourselves in the detail. To be sure, there are lessons for us in aspects of the issues covered, but please make them clearer for us. I can’t help thinking that a significant proportion of news from the UK and USA is produced largely because it can be written without the writers leaving their keyboards. News that is of more importance to us (from Papua New Guinea, south Asia, China, inner regional Australia and the environment globally for example) may be less easy to write and set in context, but that’s no reason not to make the effort.

  4. Jason Singh

    Nick Clegg, the “Eddie the Eagle” of UK politics. Hilarious!

  5. AR

    Boddy – Brown did that in desperation in the dying years of his incumbency. The point to remember is the bLIAR swore to the LibDems, on a stack of Clause 4 in 1994/5/6, that he would introduce PR (not a referendum) if they supported his government.
    When he won, thanks to the iniquitous FPTP, the largest majority in british political history (far larger than his mentor goddess thatcher), they couldn’t get close enough to kiss his arse and the promise was never heard of again.
    As the grau-grunen learned in Germany in the 80s, even (or ESPECIALLY) ministerial positions aren’t worth a pinch of the proverbial when in bed with a sclertotic tweedledummer party, so Klegg (an oop north dialect word for a blood sucking insect) has found – he & his party will be obliterated in the next election. He’s pissed off his own supporters, enraged tories who had previously voted strategically to get rid of Labour and become a laughing stock to any Labour tempted to strategically vote for them in the many rotten boroughs still festering in the backwoods & shires.
    However I don’t think this “lie down with fleas, become a dog” applies to the Oz Greens – they are the only party who have shown integrity, decency, intelligence & principle since 2010… oh, umm, which could be a problem with the lumpen electorate in the crucial swing seats. .

  6. Michael Hughes

    Alas I disagree that these UK/US stories are not of interest.

    The same way people in Oz follow Manchester United or the machinations of WWE in the States, politics nerds follow the UK and especially the US. The stakes, the personalities, the landscape; it’s as good as it gets.

    US politics is the pure stuff; the meth to the Oz Kronic.

    By way of example I’m embarrassed to say I know who all nine members of the US Supreme Court are … but I couldn’t name a single one on the Oz High Court.

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