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Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “It’s not perfect, but then no government is.”

It’s been a big week for Nick Clegg: the launch of the Government’s Mid-Term ‘Ronseal deal’ Review and his first ‘Call Clegg’ radio phone-in. His latest letter to supporters focuses on these two issues, but also makes a broader point: that coalition government is starting to become accepted, even by the media; that there’s a recognition two parties can disagree on some issues while pursuing a shared agenda on others.

This email would have been the ideal way to share more widely the party’s (excellent) booklet, ‘What have the Liberal Democrats ever done for you?’ — it’s not mentioned at all so here’s the link. For some reason I find baffling there appears still to be a deep-seated reluctance to align these emails with party campaigns or calls to action: the result is Nick on transmit mode, not receive. That’s a shame because the letters are an excellent initiative, and whether actually written by him or not, they read like Nick, are authentic.

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Reviewing the Mid-Term Review. It’s hit and miss. But the biggest miss are the wasted opportunities

coalition mid term review 2013I’ve had chance only to scan-read today’s Coalition Mid-Term Review (with its rather grudging, adjective-free title, Stuck Together in the national interest), but here are some initial impressions…

The economy takes centre-stage…

This may seem a statement of the obvious. And yet it’s worth comparing with the May 2010 document, Our programme for government (ahh, that Rose Garden-inspired ‘our’) in which subjects were sorted alphabetically so that you had to wait until chapter 9 to read about ‘deficit reduction’. Back in those days the …

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  • User AvatarDenis Mollison 28th Aug - 11:55am
    Richard - It's the unionist parties that started the threatening, by categorically ruling out a currency union, despite, for example, Alistair Darling being on record...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 28th Aug - 11:53am
    Martin, the point regarding the pound is very simple - It is perfectly acceptable for the Scots to have the pound and the stability offered...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 28th Aug - 11:43am
    @Martin. Scotland already has a responsibility to repay a proper proportion of the UK's national debt. So Salmond's "generosity" in offering this is no generosity...
  • User AvatarMartin 28th Aug - 11:39am
    Richard Dean: The threat is on the other (NO) side. Salmond explicitly stated that with a currency agreement he would support taking responsibility for a...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 28th Aug - 11:24am
    David Allen I don’t think it’s “education, education, education”, I do think it’s “Clegg, Clegg, Clegg”. It’s Clegg, fees, Clegg, NHS, Clegg, bedroom tax, Clegg,...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 28th Aug - 11:24am
    @T-J That is why it's a political mistake. By threatening me personally with a bill of over £2000 for Scottish independence, Salmond has changed the...