Stanley Kubrik was reported in the Guardian, June 5th, 1963, as having said:
The great nations have always acted like gangsters and the small nations like prostitutes.
Similarly with political parties, the great parties have always acted like gangsters and the small parties like prostitutes or, as the Telegraph put it today:
Influential adviser Lord Ashdown defends prospect of alliance as party is accused of behaving “like every harlot in history”.
Our actual democratic voice in this matter is, of course, ignored by the power-mongers. Clegg came over, in the debates, as Slick-Nicky and his deception of the Tories in the last few days as a means of getting rid of Brown and reinstalling the defeated Labour Party as the government only goes to confirm that perception.