Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Nick Clegg: what he didn't mention in his speech

Nick Clegg's speech to his conference today was a piece of classic triangulation - the Tories are too right-wing, Labour too profligate. The Liberal Democrats are the only sensible choice. 

Except, of course, the speech itself was a straight-forward defence of Osborne's budget - his austerity delusion - and a rejection of any hope that Clegg has learned from the Tories' failure to remember the lessons of history.

Another notable part of the speech was this: 
  • Mentions of austerity (and why There Is No Alternative): 5
  • Mentions of the NHS (in the year in which the Lib Dems backed the effective break-up of the service): 0

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