Anyone who espouses the politics of fairness, equity and progress should read Will Hutton's excellent piece in today's Observer. Hutton argues that:
'real power and it comes but once a generation. It is power to insist on a referendum on proportional representation. Power to break up the banking system and reconstruct British finance. Power to insist on civil liberties and repeal of the legislation on ID cards. Power to require that British newspapers are owned by EU, if not British, nationals who pay UK tax and conform to British competition policy. Clegg has been so roughed up by News International and the Telegraph that at the very least Mr Murdoch and the Barclays brothers should pay tax for the privilege. The Liberal Democrats can be political eunuchs or they can use the moment to effect the change that brought them into politics.'
Hutton is right. What is on offer from the Tories is a pale imitation of what a Lib-Lab coalition could achieve. This opportunity will not come again Nick - pick up the phone and talk to Gordon.