Britain, on the other hand, slipped back, exhausted, into the old class war, low expectations, and – as Clegg said – "delusions of grandeur" and xenophobia.
How predictable that the Tories and the right-wing tabloids are frothing that Clegg is "unpatriotic and unfit to lead". Nonsense.
When the Lib Dems displayed their "Tory VAT bombshell" poster, divulging a 3p increase would be required to balance the books, and that it "will cost you" an extra 389 a year, it raised a question: how much would each one of us have to spend to achieve the extra burden?
Working through the Primary 7 arithmetic, starting with an item costing 100 prior to any VAT, to reach an additional 389 we would require to spend 15,665 per person. That is equivalent to buying a new car, carrying out roof repairs, landscaping a garden and buying a new suite of furniture each and every year. And all that out of an average gross salary of 25,000!
DOUGLAS R MAYER