Nick Clegg on being Nick Clegg in The House magazine

Deputy Prime Minister gave a wide-ranging interview to The House magazine, in which he discusses how it’s right for the two coalition parties to differentiate themselves once a stable government was formed:

In the run-up to the general election, you may remember, the tabloids were screaming, saying that if there was a hung Parliament locusts would descend from the sky and the sun would be blotted out, you know… so we needed for those first few months to show the most important thing of all, which is this is a government that works, and actually works rather well.

Of course, after that phase you then get [that] we’re different parties, we do have different instincts, we do have different values. I just think we are quite relaxed in government that we have our differences – sometimes they are played out in private, sometimes they are played out in public.

Nick goes on to discuss what he sees as significant achievements for the party in government, and, in a telling line, describes the difficulty Lib Dem peers face in supporting legislation they wouldn’t under different circumstances:

Let’s be blunt: I am asking, day in, day out, Liberal Democrat peers to vote on things that they wouldn’t do in a month of Sundays if it was a Liberal Democrat government.

The interview covers such ground as reform of the upper house, Nick’s stance on the Middle East and changes to the tax system.

You can read the whole interview here.

* Prateek Buch is Director of the Social Liberal Forum and serves on the Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee

Read more by or more about , or .
This entry was posted in News and Parliament.
Advert

One Comment

  • Tony Dawson 3rd Feb '12 - 4:17pm

    ” he discusses how it’s right for the two coalition parties to differentiate themselves once a stable government was formed:”

    Er..no.

    It was right for the two coalition parties to differentiate themselves immediately they formed the coalition. Still, 18 months down the line is better than not at all,if it happens. It would be a delusion to think that the efforts to date have made more than a ‘blip’ with the media and more than little or nothing with the electorate at large.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarBarry Snelson 27th Aug - 5:45pm
    Matthew, I respect your views and appreciate the campaigning work you have done over years and my hope would be that the separate ideologies, within...
  • User Avatarnvelope2003 27th Aug - 4:08pm
    Expats: Very long distance freight such as that is the major source of rail goods traffic. I assume that what those who want the railways...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 27th Aug - 4:06pm
    Happy 10th birthday LDV! Possible the best website in the UK for discussing liberal politics. Thanks to the editors and those who politely engage.
  • User Avatargrahame lamb 27th Aug - 4:05pm
    I have noted all the comments above including in particular the ones by those of you who have been kind enough to respond to my...
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 27th Aug - 2:33pm
    Well said Caron. I think Eddie Sammon is on to something when he puts this in the context of historic French struggles against the combination...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 27th Aug - 2:30pm
    Simon , you are right to say thanks to Caron and the team for keeping it going , wrong to think it a thankless task...