Surprising developments in Great Britain: although many expected the conservative Tories to win the upcoming elections for Parliament, the traditional third party of the country, the Liberal Democrats, are now leading in the polls. The party’s leader Nick Clegg did a wonderful job during the first ever nationally televised debate in England; it gave him a boost of plus / minus 10%.
Although that caught most of us by surprise, the Daily Mail now reports that Clegg may be in trouble. Yes, he has risen in the polls and, yes, he did a marvelous job in the aforementioned debate, but he is now facing “potentially damaging questions over donations paid directly into his personal bank account.”
Before he became the Lib-Dems’ leader, Clegg received monthly contributions from three wealthy donors. Normally, these contributions would be paid to his party’s account, but not in Clegg’s case.
Clegg’s donations were registered with the Electoral Commission and the Parliamentary Register of Members Interest, but appear to be “irregular” nonetheless.
The controversy comes at the perfect moment for Clegg’s main rival, David Cameron. The leader of the Tories only trails Clegg by 1% in the polls. One or two controversies involving his opponent could very well push Cameron over the top.
Many conservatives undoubtedly hope it will. The Lib-Dem party is center-left. It was founded in 1988 by a merger between the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party. That’s right, the Lib-Dems are social democrats; they may be less far left than Labor, but they too are all about Big Government.
It always fascinates me that those who are most in favor of an authoritarian, big government are also the ones who are least likely to obey the rules everyone else has to obey, as seems to be the case with Clegg. More on this later: it’s unlikely that this controversy will go away anytime soon.