Fraser Nelson

The height of hypocrisy

The height of hypocrisy
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I was right - Clegg's speech was better with the volume down. He wasn't just copying Cameron's walkabout speech tactics but also his "broken politics" analysis (itself inspired by Obama). Given his role in last week's vote on the EU referendum, it was the height of hypocrisy. He led his party to abstain, thus denying the public the say he promised them in his own manifesto. Actions speak louder than words in politics. He was forced to choose between the people (who want a referendum) and the Westminster system he affects to despise. In that vote, he showed the world where his loyalties lie. He was a key accomplice in perhaps the greatest anti-democratic stitch up for a generation. And the speed with which he tore up his pledge to back a referendum means we cant place much value on today's pledge, if that's what it is, never to enter government with Labour. I had such high hopes for Clegg. How sad to see them dashed so quickly.

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Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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