25 May, 2010
The London Independent (19 May, 2010) carried a positively euphoric front page that compared Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party and now deputy prime minister in the Tory/Lib-Dem ‘coalition’, to the man responsible for the 1832 Electoral Reform Act, Lord Grey.
“Clegg makes his bid for a place in history
“Nick Clegg, prepares to unveil ‘the biggest shake-up of our democracy since the Great Reform Act of 1832”
The act and those that followed, has kept the ruling political class in power ever since, allowed some working men the vote (if you were a property owner or paid rent of at least £50 per year) was followed by three other ‘reforms’ (women were not to get the franchise until 1918, the final ‘reform’) .
The Independent calls Clegg’s demand for reforms ‘the birth of people power’.