As a result of this betrayal, I will be submitting the following motion to the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference (anyone interested in sponsoring it can contact me here):
I hope this will go some way to showing the general public that not all Lib Dems are lying bastards like our leader.Business Motion of No Confidence in Nick Clegg MP as Federal Party Leader
Conference notes the assessment by the Guardian Datablog that 64% of the party’s manifesto for the 2010 General Election is present in the Coalition Agreement. Conference also notes:a) The findings of the Browne Review, that under it tuition fees stand to rise substantially and the report’s role as the basis of the proposals submitted to a Commons vote on the 9th of December.b) That in this vote 27 of the party’s 57 MPs broke their pre-election pledge not to vote in favour of an increase in tuition fees.c) That the parliamentary party leader, Nick Clegg MP was one of those MPs who broke their pledge.
Conference further notes the constitutional inability of Conference to recall the Federal Party Leader under the Federal Party Constitution.
Conference applauds the presence of 64% of our manifesto in the Coalition Agreement and of the efforts of our MPs and Peers in further advancing Liberal Democrat policy and values in government.
Conference believes that the breaking of the tuition fees pledge runs contrary to the wishes and values of the majority of the party and those who supported us.
Conference further believes that the breaking of the tuition fees pledge discredits and damages trust in the party and its principles.
Conference also believes that the party leader has betrayed the party’s core values on several key issues and that this does no credit to the party as a whole.
Conference therefore:1. Expresses its dissatisfaction with the actions of the Liberal Democrat MPs who broke their pledge.2. Supports those MPs who kept their pledge.3. Criticises the party leader for not doing more to support and publicise Liberal Democrat values and achievements in government.4. Expresses its belief that the continuation of Nick Clegg as party leader is damaging to the party’s credibility and electoral prospects.5. Calls upon Nick Clegg to resign as party leader.6. States that it has no confidence in Nick Clegg as party leader.
The important thing to remember is that leaving the party, for social liberals like myself, would solve nothing. We are the party. What the leadership is doing is not representative of the Liberal Democrats or are policies - in my eyes Clegg and co have left the party, ideologically speaking. Now we must work to make that a reality. We are fortunate that, unlike the two other major parties, we are a democratic party and independent minded so those who have double crossed our members should expect to pay for it and this motion should be a taster to them of things to come.