Lib Dem Councillor quits, citing Clegg’s “cringing and clearly insincere apology”

December 4, 2012 3:03 pm

Another day, another Lib Dem councillor resignation. The latest comes from “one of the Isle of Wight’s most high-profile Liberal Democrats”, Bob Blezzard, who launched the following public attack on Clegg in a strongly worded resignation letter:

“Failure to honour the pledge on tuition fees, when you did not even take advantage of your negotiated agreement to abstain, has done incalculable damage to the reputation of the party and to public trust in it. The damage was compounded by your cringing and clearly insincere apology, which resulted in you rightly being publicly lampooned.”

“The cutback in support for among the poorest and most vulnerable in society by cutting council tax benefit by ten per cent while cutting tax for millionaires only reinforces my concern you are simply following a Tory agenda with a few crumbs being thrown to the Lib Dems to keep members quiet.”

  • NT86

    Erm Mr Blezzard (not to be confused by Labour’s Bob Blizzard lol!), where have you been for the last 2 years?

    He only decided to resign at the end of 2012 long after Clegg voted for the tuition fee increase and long after the Lib Dems let through regressive spending cuts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Senior/526933811 Mark Senior

      He only decided to resign a few weeks after a regional LD internal election in wich he received just 19 votes .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Senior/526933811 Mark Senior

    Are you now getting desperate and tabulating every parish councillor who changes party .

  • AlanGiles

    I feel Mr. Blezzard must be incredibly young or naive. When is any politician (of any party) sincere when they make an apology?. They only do so because it “looks” (or sounds) right, or because they have been found out. It’s called damage limitation, and we have seen many examples of it over several years, most memorably during the expenses scandal when MPs of all parties were so terribly sorry, though insisting while making their humble apologies “I did nothing wrong”

  • AlanGiles

    I feel Mr. Blezzard must be incredibly young or naive. When is any politician (of any party) sincere when they make an apology?. They only do so because it “looks” (or sounds) right, or because they have been found out. It’s called damage limitation, and we have seen many examples of it over several years, most memorably during the expenses scandal when MPs of all parties were so terribly sorry, though insisting while making their humble apologies “I did nothing wrong”

  • AlanGiles

    I feel Mr. Blezzard must be incredibly young or naive. When is any politician (of any party) sincere when they make an apology?. They only do so because it “looks” (or sounds) right, or because they have been found out. It’s called damage limitation, and we have seen many examples of it over several years, most memorably during the expenses scandal when MPs of all parties were so terribly sorry, though insisting while making their humble apologies “I did nothing wrong”

  • AlanGiles

    I feel Mr. Blezzard must be incredibly young or naive. When is any politician (of any party) sincere when they make an apology?. They only do so because it “looks” (or sounds) right, or because they have been found out. It’s called damage limitation, and we have seen many examples of it over several years, most memorably during the expenses scandal when MPs of all parties were so terribly sorry, though insisting while making their humble apologies “I did nothing wrong”

  • AlanGiles

    I feel Mr. Blezzard must be incredibly young or naive. When is any politician (of any party) sincere when they make an apology?. They only do so because it “looks” (or sounds) right, or because they have been found out. It’s called damage limitation, and we have seen many examples of it over several years, most memorably during the expenses scandal when MPs of all parties were so terribly sorry, though insisting while making their humble apologies “I did nothing wrong”

  • AlanGiles

    I feel Mr. Blezzard must be incredibly young or naive. When is any politician (of any party) sincere when they make an apology?. They only do so because it “looks” (or sounds) right, or because they have been found out. It’s called damage limitation, and we have seen many examples of it over several years, most memorably during the expenses scandal when MPs of all parties were so terribly sorry, though insisting while making their humble apologies “I did nothing wrong”

  • AlanGiles

    I feel Mr. Blezzard must be incredibly young or naive. When is any politician (of any party) sincere when they make an apology?. They only do so because it “looks” (or sounds) right, or because they have been found out. It’s called damage limitation, and we have seen many examples of it over several years, most memorably during the expenses scandal when MPs of all parties were so terribly sorry, though insisting while making their humble apologies “I did nothing wrong”

  • AlanGiles

    I feel Mr. Blezzard must be incredibly young or naive. When is any politician (of any party) sincere when they make an apology?. They only do so because it “looks” (or sounds) right, or because they have been found out. It’s called damage limitation, and we have seen many examples of it over several years, most memorably during the expenses scandal when MPs of all parties were so terribly sorry, though insisting while making their humble apologies “I did nothing wrong”

    • AlanGiles

      I notice two tribalists have voted me “down” for saying that politicians of ALL parties are insincere with their apologies – no doubt these two gentlemen are writing their notes to Father Xmas and waiting for the portly gentleman to come in a few weeks time laden with goodies!.

      I notice the LL “poll of the month” has ended – no doubt it was becoming too painful and embarrasing for Messrs Byrne and Lewis.

      Little things like these suggest that LL is becoming little more than a parish noticeboard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graeme-Hancocks/1156294498 Graeme Hancocks

    Quite.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graeme-Hancocks/1156294498 Graeme Hancocks

    Quite.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Senior/526933811 Mark Senior

    The real reason for him leaving rhe LD’s is probably here

    http://www.crosensteil.webspace.virginmedia.com/ldelections/12eldr.htm

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