James Forsyth

 Calamity Clegg

 Calamity Clegg
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Matthew Norman has a very funny column in The Independent today on the damage that Nick Clegg has done to himself and the Liberal Democrats with his appalling handling of the Lisbon treaty vote. As Norman asks, “

What must Lib Dem MPs be making of the contrast between his punchy, basso profundo leadership style and the pubescent squealings of Mr Clegg? Much as we all enjoy wacky bids for inclusion in the Guinness World Records book, they can hardly ditch yet another leader before he has even completed that mythical first 100 days. Even so, you needn't hijack that new machine which reads human thoughts from brain patterns to see what is on their minds.”

The latest Mori Political Monitor shows that the Lib Dems are still becalmed at 16 percent in the polls. One wonders whether Clegg can recover from this self-inflicted wound. Certainly, this week’s events have left him looking weak and indecisive. Hardly, qualities that a party leader wants to project.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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