In Praise of the Guardian: Finding strengths in the Lib Dems
17 July 2011 Leave a comment
The Guardian wrote this week Phone-hacking scandal shows why Britain needs the Liberal Democrats which highlights some strengths in the Lib Dems through the scandal which are worth highlighting:
as all three leaders look ahead to years of investigations, revelations and no doubt criminal convictions, there are good reasons for thinking that Nick Clegg is the man most likely to emerge with his reputation enhanced. For as both the prime minister and the leader of the opposition know, Clegg’s party is the only one of the three that hasn’t spent the last two decades trying to curry favour with Rupert Murdoch’s corrupt and hugely corrupting media empire. What is more, they were the only ones with the guts – though for most of the time not the power – to try to halt its remorseless advance.
Today, it is hard to escape the conclusion that the Cable tapes, far from triggering the business secretary’s demise, may yet prove his salvation… Cable’s authenticity is bound to shine through. By the time the inquiries into News International’s activities have run their course, the business secretary’s reputation is likely to have been restored, his judgment – dismissed at the time as prejudice – fully vindicated.