Daily Mail reports one poll which Nick Clegg does top

A Bank Holiday snippet from the Daily Mail today. It shows both good news and bad news for Nick Clegg:

Poor, benighted Nick Clegg. According to the Lib Dem Voice website, his approval rating is minus 2 per cent. Not that David Cameron can take much comfort from the figure. The BBC1 quiz Pointless gave 100 people 100 seconds to name a Cabinet minister. Clegg was top with 32 per cent compared with 22 per cent for Cameron and Vince Cable, the Lib Dem Business Secretary. No one mentioned George Osborne.

* Stephen was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from 2007 to 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall.

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  • David Wilkinson 1st Apr '13 - 2:30pm

    The only reson he was so easly recognised is that the public cannot stand him. Its like going swimming with a lead brick

  • Old Codger Chris 1st Apr '13 - 2:36pm

    So based on David Wilkinson’s logic, George Osborne is one of the most popular ministers.

  • Tony Dawson 1st Apr '13 - 3:32pm

    Who wants to be the ‘Pointless’ top choice? 🙁

  • paul barker 1st Apr '13 - 5:37pm

    Clegg consistently gets higher ratings than The Party, just as Cameron does. The last Leader poll, 2 weeks ago had Clegg on 13% approval, 6% behind Milliband & 13% behind Cameron. In 2010 we were 6% behind Labour & 13% behind The Tories. An odd coincidence ?

  • Matthew Green 1st Apr '13 - 5:47pm

    Minus 2 percent sounds like progress. Such are our reduced expectations these days …

  • David Evans 1st Apr '13 - 6:04pm


    There are some people who always want to argue that Nick is more popular than the party as a whole. No amount of analysis or logic will ever convice such True Believers.

  • Tony Dawson 1st Apr '13 - 7:49pm

    @David Evans:

    “No amount of analysis or logic will ever convince such True Believers.”

    We call them ‘Lib Dem deficit’ deniers! 🙁

  • Paul In Twickenham 1st Apr '13 - 11:56pm

    Pointless is a programme I thoroughly enjoy – not least as Richard Osman is a fellow Fulham sufferer… er.. supporter. They regularly ask about politics and there are two things that strike me in respect of the politics categories:

    1. When contestants have a choice they almost always reject any category that includes the word politics. It is always a shock and a thrill when the contestants are brave enough to face up questions that LDV readers would find jump at: “Name post war chancellors of the exchequer”. “Name United State Vice Presidents”. “Name French Presidents”.

    2. When the contestants actually choose a political category almost every answer is pointless (ie nobody in the survey of 100 people can name the politician). For example recently the category was “Name female MPs in the current Parliament”. Basically any female MP other than Teresa May and Nadine Dorries was pointless. Yes, that includes *all* female Lib Dem MPs, and (as a for example) Yvette Cooper. All pointless. The contestants won the jackpot by naming their local (female) MP.

    Conclusion – most people aren’t interested in politics. Frankly, while it is not healthy for a democracy, is it any surprise?

  • sacha griffiths 2nd Apr '13 - 7:54pm

    The night of 15th april 2010, it was all going very well for Nick Clegg in the leadership debates. A bit too well to be true. There was a moment after listening to the reaction of the public aswell as a previously indifferent or hostile media suddendly giving an abundance of positive coverage, that i may be living in a parallel universe where the Lib Dems actually win the general election ! Yes, it has all been an uphill battle since then. The strange thing is that if there had been a straight french style presidential race between the three party leaders, Nick Clegg would in 2010 have won by a landslide against Cameron and Brown.. In 2013 or 2015 i’m not so sure.
    There has been at least a gradual and at times an accelerated decline of Nick clegg’s leadership and popularity since the first debate.. The media of both the political left and right if they don’t ignore him only break cover when they can use Nick Clegg or the Lib Dems as a political aunt sally.. Some of the problems do arise out of circumstance. That the Lib Dems are in coalition government with the tory blue meanies rather than the expected purple Brown labour incompetents who left the worst economic legacy ever bestowed. But the more we talk of the coalition agreement and austerity, the less distinctive the Lib Dems become . An increasing stagflationr economic climate with desperate ineffectively uselessl harsher tory led measures with no clear blue skies and sunny uplands in sight. The public persona and leadership of Nick Clegg maybe unfairly comes across as timid, weak and feeble with no clear communication defintion or distinctive policy agenda that captures the imagination. In truth, this applies to not ony Nick but also to most Lib Dems. Most voters don’t even realise that the raising of tax thresholds is a flagship Lib Dem policy.
    Where do the Lib Dems and Nick Clegg go from here? Well, the Lib Dems should adopt some of the bold plans and rhetoric which a Lloyd George, Attlee or Thatcher would stride forward with. Taking the party logo it could be called the ‘where eagles dare’ strategy.Generally, argue for cuts in government spending of 100bn over 5 years with a whopping 50bn of tax cut by raising personal allowances towards the median wage level (circa 20500) to stimulate growth . Rather than getting bogged down with small mickey mouse cuts in certain areas like the bedroom tax argue for reforming government spending on some of the big ticket items.Like capping child benefit, having a flat rate full-time worker family tax credit for people earning less than the median wage, scapping numerous tax reliefs for individals and business with their substitution and displacement effects and replace , deal with the tax dodgers by following the singapore model of having lower rates of tax but you pay it. As the Lib Dems are running a more contractionary fiscal poicy they have the credibiity of running a more expansionary monetary poicy with aQE programme geared to profit-making infrastrucure investments in green technology and housing aswell as a dragon den style venture-capital investments in hi-tech manufacturing companies. Overall the Lib Dems can say that we are hear to put money back into the pockets of hard pressed working and middle class people , generate growth and whopping great big tax revenues and rescue the british economy and our country.

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