On 21st May I posted about the possibility that Cameron and Clegg were setting out on a long journey to create a new party - The Liberal Conservative Party.
My reason for linking to a previous post is the fact that Clegg is quoted in the Independent stating that:
"Nick Clegg has declared that there is "no future" for the Liberal Democrats as a left-wing alternative to Labour as he appealed to his party to show "patience" and maintain a united front with the Conservatives."
William Pitt, the Elder, The Earl of Chatham and British Prime Minister from 1766 to 1778, is sometimes wrongly attributed as the source of the saying "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" - this actually being said by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902). The historian and moralist, who was otherwise known simply as Lord Acton, expressed this opinion in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887. Pitt the Elder did say something similar, in a speech to the UK House of Lords in 1770: "Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it"
When two parties of differing views enter into a coalition in order to form a government it requires principles to be tempered or even ignored. So that shows, without any doubt, that power is more important than principle - yet are not our politicians supposed to be men of honour? If our politicians have no honour or principle, then neither does our country - and, more importantly, neither does our democracy!