Nick Clegg on The Last Leg tonight

last-leg204Nick Clegg will be appearing on The Last Leg at 10pm on Channel 4 this evening.

I will certainly be watching – in fact, I have been a fan of the programme since it first appeared during the 2012 Paralympics. After tiring but exhilarating days spent working as a Gamesmaker, it was great to flop down and watch this totally refreshing and irreverent take on the day’s events with disability at its heart. It cleared away a lot of misconceptions through its #isitok feature and the regular joshing between the three presenters, two of whom have prosthetic legs. A typical question at the time would be: ‘Is it OK to ask how a swimmer without arms gets out of the swimming pool?’ Answer:’ Of course it’s OK’, followed by a film clip showing how it was done.

#isitok is now used across a much wider range of topics:

And, inevitably:

Two weeks ago Nick used Twitter to respond to a challenge to persuade one of the presenters, comedian Alex Brooker, to vote in the General Election. His neat video was not deemed sufficient, so he offered to appear live on the show. Follow developments on #Cleggleg. The significance of the space hoppers will become clear when you watch tonight.


* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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  • Jonathan Pile 30th Jan '15 - 2:01pm

    Not sure this a great idea! – We have jokingly quipped that NC needed to go on “I’m a Celebrity get me out of here “to gain forgiveness from under 35’s for tuition fees so prepare for a roasting – could be car crash TV. Lets hope he doesn’t wish he had flown to the jungle. All he can do is be himself and keep take his medicine. Lets hope he can get some hits against the wider picture – intolerance, snoopers charter, racism, Labour double standards on Iraq lies versus tuition fees. If he has any secrets to spill – eg Tory sleaze, Labour lies (Chilcott) now is the time but I suspect there might be some #awkward moments.

  • David Allen 30th Jan '15 - 5:55pm

    Hey, beaten to it…


    Certainly one “Senior Lib Dem MP” thinks he is on his last leg.

    NB — It is in The Mail — so it must be true!

  • Stephen Hesketh 30th Jan '15 - 7:20pm

    Following John Tilley’s Daily Mail link … “Senior Lib Dems have privately warned Nick Clegg will only be able to stay on as leader if he wins more than 45 MPs at the election.
    If the party falls below this threshold it will be too small to enter into Coalition with Labour or the Tories, MPs believe, leaving Mr Clegg’s position as party leader untenable.
    The Deputy Prime Minister is expected to ‘fall on his sword’ if he cannot lead the party back into Government after the election …”

    Sorry, I appear to have nodded off – I thought I was a member of a democratic political party – and previously the most democratic party at that!

    It is not up to Clegg or the MP’s to decide this. Is it me or has Clegg’s position been untenable for some time? This is the time in the electoral cycle when the MP’s depend on the active members walking the streets in all weathers on behalf of our shared ideals and our party. If Clegg and the majority of other MP’s survive it will be, probably more than anything, down to the work of activists.

    Whatever damage the leadership has done to the party it is only the activists who can now remove their chestnuts from the fire. This deserves some payback. That payback is the ordinary membership having a (very early) say over the leadership and the future direction of the party.

  • Paul in Wokingham 30th Jan '15 - 10:19pm

    Mr. Clegg’s appearance is to convince one of the hosts (Alex Brooker) that it is worth voting. His appearance is not as leader of the Liberal Democrats but as an advocate of participatory politics. If he sticks to that brief then it should go fine, but I saw the show where he accepted the challenge and it felt to me that the young, vaguely leftish audience became uncomfortable when his YouTube clip was being played.

  • Jonathan Pile 30th Jan '15 - 11:50pm

    Well done NC – some grilling but definitely not the last clegg.

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