Giles Paxman, British ambassador to Spain, has blogged about Nick Clegg’s visit to Spain last week.
While emphasising Britain’s interest in the Eurozone’s economic success, the Deputy Prime Minister showed he’s economising too:
The top priority, obviously, is tackling the problems with our public finances. Nick Clegg made the point strongly, in his long meeting with Prime Minister Zapatero and his speech to a packed audience of top Spanish movers and shakers, that this was a duty that we owe to future generations and that there is nothing progressive or modern about spending huge sums on servicing public sector debt when we could be spending this money on schools and hospitals.
It helped that the DPM was able to say all of this in fluent Spanish – although he admitted to me that with a Spanish wife and children he sometimes found it easier to talk in Spanish about bottles and nappies than budgets and yield curves. But the fact that he arrived in Spain on Easyjet, much to the fascination of his Spanish audience, made sure that the cost cutting message got through loud and clear.
You can read the full piece at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website here.