If ever there was yet another example of a politician opening mouth without engaging brain then the prize must go to one Nicholas William Peter Clegg.
This man believes that he can force churches to marry those of homosexual lifestyles without forcing the Church’s arm. How on earth does one legislate to change a religious creed? We know that our political elite tend to think of themselves as Gods, but surely there are limits to even their powers? We also know that when politicians promise anything to a section of our society it is with but one object, namely to garner votes. This statement by Clegg is not only ill-conceived, but completely inept.
The Independent reports that Clegg is to warn that the forces of fear, division and bigotry will become more persuasive to young people in times of economic hardship. When will politicians learn ’cause an effect’? If Clegg believes that times of economic hardship raise the fear of division and bigotry, then why impose the cuts that it is alleged have been made?
One is reminded of the words by Sir Walter Scott, in Marmion: “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive”. When will our political elite learn that lies beget more lies, and that masking lies with more lies creates an ever-more-complex arrangement of falsehoods? In the Coalition’s Programme for Government we were promised transparency and that the Coalition realized there had been an assumption that central government could only change people’s behaviour through rules and regulations, but that their government would be a much smarter one, shunning the bureaucratic levers of the past and finding intelligent ways to encourage, support and enable people to make better choices for themselves. As Baroness Deech said, political manifestos aren’t worth the paper on which they are written – and neither was that from the Coalition.
How much longer will we continue to elect people who do their utmost to give democracy such a bad name?