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I haven't seen this one in the Salon, so I'll throw it in this thread for comments... 'Stop apologising,' says Clegg (The Independent, 15 July 2012)
The Deputy Prime Minister said his party needed to have "self-confidence" to tell people what it has achieved. Speaking at the Social Liberal Forum conference in London yesterday, Mr Clegg said: "I have had it with apologising, with this defensive crouch. We have spent all our time worrying about what the latest letter-writing campaign in The Guardian is.

"If there is one thing that has chilled me to my marrow in the last two years, it is meeting friends who I have campaigned with for years who have stopped knocking on doors. We are sensitive violets. A few people shout at you, you get a few doors slammed in your face so we retreated; but we cannot afford to do that."

He added that those who doubt his influence should read the right-wing press: "I am some sort of Rasputin figure who fooled this hopeless toff Cameron into getting into government."



If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jul 16th, 2012 at 11:21:59 AM EST
Delusional

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jul 16th, 2012 at 12:15:20 PM EST
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Party leaderships are always positive, whatever the reality might look like. It is in the job description, got to raise moral (or at least try to).

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Jul 16th, 2012 at 12:37:50 PM EST
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one of the Big points of outrage at the moment is the closure of the Leeds hospital child heart surgery centre, Every single MP from the county has smelled the way the wind is blowing, and has signed a letter condemning this cost cutting measure. Every single one apart from one that is, Step Forward Nick Clegg.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Jul 16th, 2012 at 02:13:55 PM EST
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"Party leaderships are always positive, "

Not this time methinks! No one likes/forgives a Judas.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2012 at 11:15:52 AM EST
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I mean party leaderships have to sound positive and upbeat about the chances for the party. The contrast against reality can be brutal and the positivity look absurd, but that does not change the job description.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Jul 17th, 2012 at 02:35:32 PM EST
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A swedish kind of death:
The contrast against reality can be brutal and the positivity look absurd

risibly so...

which leads to them staying in the bubble even more, making them ever further out of touch with reality on the ground.

clegg is supping with way too short a spoon.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Jul 18th, 2012 at 05:09:24 AM EST
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