I know I give fellow academics a lot of shit for being politically naive, but the mathematicians I talked to in London last June were all saying exactly what Brad DeLong and Krugman are saying now (via), that Cameron is fucked and that Clegg has probably permanently completely destroyed the Lib Dems (whom most of them voted for).
Note that Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats in Britain could end this farce tomorrow, and give their country a chance. It would be the end of Nick Clegg’s political career, of course–but his career is over already. It may be the end of the Liberal Democrats–but they have a much better chance if they admit they made a big mistake in selling their soul to the Conservatives for a mess of pottage than if they try to brazen it out and support the current government.
It is long past time for the Liberal Democrats in Britain to go into opposition: for them to cross the aisle and declare that they have no confidence in the Cameron-Osborne government. The longer they delay, the worse for Britain.
It’s been so long now, but it seems now it was only yesterday that Sully and Bobo were celebrating all those tough bi-partisan spending cuts that Cameron and Clegg did.
This is why I don’t feel at all guilty rooting for Cain or Gingrich. Romney, and maybe even Huntsman, are just as dangerous. The serious people are the ones who may destroy us in the end.