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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

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