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Lobby Lib Dems, at every Level of the Party, to Pass a Vote of No Confidence in Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg has betrayed nearly every core principle of the Liberal Democrat 2010 manifesto in exchange for a government role and influence within the Coalition. The only way for the Lib Dems to remain a viable political party is to pass a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Nick Clegg and vote for a new leader who will, at most, support Cameron on a supply and demand basis. Currently polling at 10% and facing disproportionate losses from the Tory plans to count the number of registered voters, rather than the number of constituents, the Lib Dems must prove that they believe in their core principles and oppose a Coalition that has been disastrous for both the party and the electorate. Here is a list of Clegg’s betrayals:

• After signing a pledge to oppose tuition fees, he voted in favour of tripling them, and then had the audacity to claim that the new arrangement is somehow fairer.
• Passed a bill that will pave the way to the privatization of the NHS by allowing competition to dominate the system.
• Agreed to support the weakening of representative democracy and the imposition of a bias towards the Conservatives through the redrawn reduction in MPs/boundaries in exchange for a vote on AV that was made unwinnable due to his own lack of principles and the damage he has done to the public’s faith in coalitions. This will not only make it virtually impossible to dislodge the Conservatives, but will also savage the party’s chances at future elections. It is time for those who hope that the political climate will improve for the Lib Dems by 2015 to think again.
• Signing up to a mass cuts agenda despite advocating more of a tax and spend approach in the 2010 manifesto.
• The weakening of support for a progressive taxation system as the target of taking people who earn up to £10,000 out of taxation altogether looks increasingly unlikely as their partners in the Coalition favour the abolition of the 50p tax band.
• Despite the urgent need for banking reform, this has been kicked into the long grass and will not be in place should another financial crisis strike during the next eight years.
• Claiming to be in government to tackle the deficit but doing nothing to make this happen, with borrowing up, growth stagnating and the richest being protected from most of the pain. Instead, he is following the Conservative ideology of shrinking the state and allowing the private sector to profiteer from public services.
• Being part of a government that is actively connecting benefits with criminality in an attempt to demonize the poor as a 'feral underclass'.
• Supporting the Murdoch buyout of BSkyB through his silence on the issue until the revelations about the NoTW hacking into Milly Dowler's phone made it politically toxic.
• Despite making civil liberties and the right to protest central planks of the Lib Dem attacks on the New Labour government, has not spoken out against the use of kettling during the student protests and disproportionate sentencing in response to the 2011 riots. Furthermore, he has yet to oppose Cameron's plans to allow cameras in to court to film sentencing, which will serve to compound the existing difficulties in those with a criminal record finding employment.

None of the above has to happen- the Lib Dems could allow the Conservatives to form a minority government and only vote through policies that they felt were in the national interest. We need to connect with grass roots Lib Dem activists and lobby MPs and Lords to pass a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Nick Clegg as soon as possible, before he damages the country and his party any further.

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      • Charles HowarthCharles Howarth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Good idea and one that should be pursued. If the lib dem party sees a huge number of people have put their name to a petition condemning their actions it may cause them to re-evaluate just how wise it is to have a neo-con like Clegg as their leader. This tactic is much better than appealing to their sense of decency and justice as they have proved that they have none and they will let any hateful measure pass as long as they are in "power". Let's show them the prospect of electoral annihilation and see if they change their minds.

      • Drew GillDrew Gill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This campaign suggestion needs re-launching in the light of everything that is happening, especially with the NHS Bill now about to go through.

        This is fundamental to everything, key to the success of 38 degrees campaigns on a number of fronts.. let's get a discussion going on the way forward in ending the Lib-Dem support for the Tories and the Coalition...

      • Drew GillDrew Gill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        ..having read all the comments on this campaign suggestion, I fear that although everyone agrees, it has not been given sufficient priority.
        To reiterate, this campaign is fundamental to the success of all the other 38 degrees campaigns against the Tory led legislative programme to wreck our country.. David M needs to re-launch the campaign suggestion, mobilise support of 38 degree members so we can remove Clegg.. perhaps the theme should be: "the 57 traitors". I'm willing to throw a lot of effort into this after my redundancy from Lewisham Council in March, get in touch and we'll get going...e: dkshade@rocketmail.com

      • Drew GillDrew Gill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Absolutely agree but it;s not just Nick Clegg, it's all of the "57 Traitors", the 57 Libn-Dem MPs holding up the extreme right wing Conservative government.
        This campaign should be the core campaign. It is fundamental to every other 38 degrees campaign against the government's legislative programme. 38 degrees has managed to raise funds for Billboards for the NHS Campaign. How about Billbaords in every one of the 57 Lib-dem MPs constituencies? I'm sure those voters did not vote for a Tory government. pressure needs to be put on the Lib-dems and elect a leader who will pull out of the coalition and vote according to principle on every piece of legislation that comes forward.

      • PeterPeter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        He voted for a Bill he had not read and instead of saying sorry he said this was perfectly normal. He is naive in the extreme and now only interested in survival of the LibDems, not the NHS. The NHS is far more important.

      • Liam RoddLiam Rodd commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Its not just Nick Clegg, its all of the coalition Lib Dem MPs, Danny Alexandra is more Tory than most of the Tories

      • Liam RoddLiam Rodd commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree entirely, the Lib Dems have supported the Tories at every stage of the health reforms. Now they are trying to back peddle to achieve a few minor changes that even Andrew Lansley said will make no real difference to the bill. So that says it all. They have betrayed the people who voted for them in the last election and continue to do so. Every week on BBC question time we have a Lib Dem member parroting support for the health reforms.

      • dizzyingcrestdizzyingcrest commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The Lib Con coalition is a fantastic slight of hand that has taken in many. It may be suggested that the publication of something called the Orange Book some years ago was an indication of their shift to the right. The orange book so I am informed is a collection of papers celebrating free market thinking and a reduction in the roll of the state. It appears to go back to the old Liberal notion of laissez-faire (let it be). It may be argued that the aforementioned notions are flawed as these so called freedoms hand more power to the economically powerful. It may be reasoned that it is social legislation and government that protects us and gives us our freedom. The minimum wage, working time directive and statutory annual leave are just some examples of the checks that state provides, without this state intervention the old Greek argument “Might Is Right” would prevail. We only have to look back to Victorian times to where rights, and the role of the state were minimal to see how people were exploited by free market capitol. The Lib Con coalition offers nothing new only old ideas that reduce the individual to an economic currency as the protection of the state is rolled back
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        With the above in mind it is no surprise that the liberals and conservatives were able to form a coalition as they now seem to share a similar philosophy.

        It may be suggested that the benefits cap may have a significant democratic effect. if masses of ordinary working people have to move to poorer areas that are safe labour seats then the marginal areas they leave could turn London blue. Add to this the proposed boundary changes and the possibility of an independent Scotland things start to look very good for the conservative party who will then almost have a free hand and be unstoppable. Maybe the Labour party should make a full and binding commitment to Proportional representation should they be elected at the next election I think this would gain traction with many voters

      • CygnusCygnus commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Nick Clegg, the man who killed off the Lib Dems and sold the nation down the river. Only one way and one way only to save the Party's battered reputation - put the citizens of the UK before Cameron's Pig Society and withdraw all support for the Bill.For God's sake before you go down in history as the Party that sold off the NHS, drop this Bill!

      • markmark commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If only it was just Nick Clegg what ever happened to the supposed great liberal Vince Cable. They are nothing they are worse then the tories at least the tories dont pretend to care.

      • Collin WhittakerCollin Whittaker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Not just Clegg but the other MPs who got in bed with the Tories. They sold their soul for the smell of power.

      • David WebsterDavid Webster commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The libdems will be judged on how they have voted with the coaltion, not what they spout at their conference

      • LogoLogo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Lets hope Clegg is a dead man walking. I think though that the Lib Dems dont have the courage to dislodge him and will soldier on with him leading them to oblivion.

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