Some Comments on Nick Clegg’s Use of Metaphor

 

 

 

HARD-WORKING Brits are the backbone of the country, the people who will drag us out of recession, says deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Strange then, that you are putting at least 500,000 out of work.

Ordinary, willing folk – dubbed Alarm Clock Britain because they snub the benefits culture and get up early to go to work – will be given Government support.

What planet are right-wing politicians on? The people who have to set their alarm clock earliest are for instance the office cleaners on minimum wage, who still need housing benefit, cut by this government, to keep a roof over their heads. What gives you the right to pontificate about the poor when you clearly have no knowledge of how they live?

Here, he calls for a “coalition of people prepared to roll up their sleeves and get the nation back on its feet”.

 

 


 

THERE are millions of people in Alarm Clock Britain. People, like Sun readers, who have to get up every morning and work hard to get on in life. People who want their kids to get ahead.

I never realised that Sun readers were such an homogenous group. If my friends are made unemployed by your vicious and unnecessary attack on the public sector and its knock-on effects, expect to find a lot of alarm clocks in need of recycling. Is that you mean? Pathetic!

People who don’t want to rely on state handouts. People who don’t need politicians to tell them what to think or how to live their lives. People who are not poor but struggle to stay out of the red.

Excuse me?? How many demonizations of the poor can you get into a few lines of text? But at least we know now that you are not interested in the poor.

They are the backbone of Britain.

These are the people who will get this country moving again. It is their hard graft, day in, day out, that will get us out of the hole Labour left us in.

I’m not a big fan of New Labour, but wasn’t there the small matter of a world economic crisis caused by banks? You must know that, surely. Do you think the readers of the Sun are stupid?

Deputy Prime Minister ... Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister … Nick Clegg

This Government is formed by a coalition of two parties and we want to join the people of Alarm Clock Britain in another coalition. A coalition of people prepared to roll up their sleeves and get the nation back on its feet.

 

Ed Miliband may be prepared to hide under his duvet from the problems Labour left us with. But we will get up every morning and face up to them. In Alarm Clock Britain, people don’t want a handout but they appreciate a helping hand. And that is exactly what the Coalition Government is offering them.

I’ll ignore the feeble ad hominem attack. Please explain the difference between a handout and helping hand. On second thoughts, don’t, because your argument is going to be pants.

I know that times are difficult right now. We are having to make cuts to pay off Labour’s debts and some bills are going up.

Isn’t it nauseating when the rich pretend empathy with the poor? Clegg, you’ve either got no fucking idea, or no conscience, or you would not have hitched yourself to a party dedicated to an economic policy which a myriad of economists condemn as crazy in purely economic terms.

Now more than ever, politicians have to be clear who they are standing up for. Be in no doubt, I am clear about who that is. That is why the Liberal Democrats made a promise to voters on the front of our manifesto.

That no basic rate taxpayer will pay any tax on the first £10,000 they earn.

We’ve already taken the first steps which will take nearly 900,000 out of paying tax altogether.

From April, every single taxpayer earning less than £42,500 a year will see their income tax bill cut by £200. By the time of the next election, 23million people will be paying £700 less.

The Government is lending a hand in other ways, too.

 

We are protecting jobs by cutting red tape for employers

Perhaps the most weasally of all his statements. What this means in reality (so far) is enabling employers to sack people during first two years with no risk of a tribunal, introducing fees for employees to go to tribunals, and reducing statutory sick pay, while commentators say this will have no stimulating effect on jobs. Looking after their own as usual.

 

 

and stopping Labour’s tax on jobs. We are putting more money into our schools. We are increasing childcare for kids under five to help the mums and dads who get up every morning and juggle work with raising their families.

And we’re helping the grandparents too by protecting pensions and putting billions into social care.

Today, I’ll be meeting some of the hardworking heroes of Alarm Clock Britain.

Sounds like a Royal visit, doesn’t it? Fucking patronising.

They, like many of you, had to set the alarm incredibly early this morning. They are busy doing their jobs long before it’s even light.

The people in Alarm Clock Britain deserve a break.

They drive our economy every single day of the year. Rain, wind or shine they are busy making this country tick.

This is one of my favourites. Is he reaching for the fisherman vote by talking about people braving wind? Actually, when there’s too much wind, they don’t go out. Is he castigating all those who think, “Hey, it’s a sunny forecast for tomorrow. I’ll switch off my alarm clock.” Priceless.