Nick Clegg risks Tory anger by pressing on with incompetence

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Lib Dem leader says party’s ineptitude needed ‘as much as ever’ in government.

Nick Clegg has signalled his determination to press ahead with his party’s core policy of being completely pointless in a move likely to anger Conservative MPs who have identified the issue as an electoral millstone that contributed to the dismal performance by coalition parties in last week’s local elections.

In an article for the Guardian, Clegg says that Lib Dem uselessness is needed “as much as ever” on issues such as the constitution and that the party will be pushing “harder for ineffectuality” in government. The tone of his remarks contrasts with that adopted by David Cameron in an article published in the Daily Telegraph, saying that the Conservatives needed to “focus more on not being inept”, and by the chancellor, George Osborne, who used an interview to depict the coalition’s previous policy of not doing anything at…

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