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Nick Clegg’s ‘I love Britain’ speech: full text

9 March 2014

2:32 PM

9 March 2014

2:32 PM

Since I became the Deputy Prime Minister I have had the privilege of spending a bit of time representing Britain’s interests in other parts of the world.

I have visited Latin America and Asia to boost exports. I have been to Africa, where we are building better education systems as well as helping fight corruption, poverty and disease. I have travelled to different parts of Europe and the United States to promote British trade.

And while each trip varies from the last, there is a thread which runs through them all: you get to see Britain through other people’s eyes.

Everywhere I have been – every nation around the planet – has its own story about Britain.

On a trade mission to South Korea I paid my respects at a war memorial at the bottom of a hill where, during the Korean War, British soldiers – heavily outnumbered – fought for three solid days to hold back North Korean and Chinese forces.

It is a battle that every single South Korean schoolchild learns about. Had we given up or been defeated, it could have cost their grandparents the war.

For Mexico, Britain is the first European country to have officially recognised their independence following their liberation from colonial rule. That means something to them.

In Colombia Britain is the nation that built their first railways.

Lynne Featherstone and I were in Ethiopia, for whom Britain is now the first member of the G8 to have met the decades-old promise by rich countries to spend 0.7% of our national wealth on aid for the developing world. Something we have long argued for and this Coalition has delivered.

So wherever you go one thing is clear: people don’t listen to our country out of some nostalgic deference to an old power. They listen because of who we are. Because of the things we’ve done. Because of the leadership we continue to show. And that makes me incredibly proud.

I love Britain.

I love it for all its contradictions.

I love that we are as modest as we are proud.

I love the way we can cherish our traditions yet innovate relentlessly, churning out one ingenious invention after the next. The telephone, the steam engine, the jet engine, the world wide web; the same nation that came up with stainless steel is now developing graphene – the strongest material the world has ever seen. Oscar winning visual effects; cutting-edge design; theatre, fashion, music, film – you name it, we do it, and we’re up there with the best.

I love that a country capable of extraordinary pomp and ceremony can still retain a spiky irreverence towards its establishment. A country where we line the streets waving our Union Jacks wildly to welcome the arrival of Prince George, and the next moment we’re chuckling at Private Eye’s front page: ‘Woman Has Baby’.

I love that we insist on queuing when we go abroad, even when the locals don’t.

I love that the BBC and NHS are known and respected across the planet.

I love that our cities are home to every race, religion, colour and language in existence.

I love Miriam telling me that the feeling of freedom you get in Britain simply doesn’t exist anywhere else.

I love that the shipping forecast is listened to by insomniacs of all ages, right across the country, miles from the sea.

I love how excited we get at the glimpse of any sun, insisting on staying out in our t-shirts and flip-flops – even when it’s obviously still cold.

I love living in a country synonymous with human rights and the rule of law.

I love that it was British lawyers who drafted the European Convention on Human Rights and a British Prime Minister who helped launch the Single Market. And I enjoy reminding my Coalition partners that it was a Prime Minister from their party at that.

I love that we do respond – the cliché is true – to every problem no matter how big or small with the same thing: a cup of tea.

I love that, wherever you go in the world, you’ll find football fans obsessed with the Premier League.

I love that we are a family of four different countries, each with their own characters, traditions and good-natured rivalries. And that’s why I want to see – we all want to see – Scotland stay in our family of nations later this year.

I look at what’s happening in places like Russia, where the government is effectively criminalising homosexuality, and I love that Britain is a place where you can be gay and proud – and now you can get married too.

Above all I love that, while we may be an island, we have always looked beyond our shores. Throughout our history, when we have seen trouble in the world we haven’t just looked the other way; we haven’t just crossed to the other side of the street; Britain doesn’t peer out at the rest of the world and shrug its shoulders. We are always at our best when we play our part.

This summer marks the centenary of the First World War. One hundred years ago hundreds of thousands of British troops headed into a conflict from which many of them would never return. When it ended my grandfather, not long out of school, climbed onto the roof of Westminster Abbey and watched the survivors come home – bloody, bruised and broken by the things they had seen. He told me that, in spite of everything, he was desperately upset that he hadn’t been called up to the front: because he passionately believed that to be a British soldier, defending our values of liberty and peace, was the most noble thing you could be.

Years later he married a woman who had herself come here to avoid conflict and revolution: my grandmother. She escaped Russia during the revolution, crossing Europe with her family and eventually settling in London. For her Britain offered a place of stability and safety. At a moment of great upheaval, this country welcomed her in and let her call it home.

There are few nations as open-minded and warm-hearted as ours. Smart, funny, compassionate Britain. Always changing, always evolving Britain. Humble enough to understand that we must work with others. Confident enough to lead.

For me it is these qualities that make this nation great – these great liberal qualities. Not some sepia-tinted memory of Empire. Not some stuffy parochialism dressed up as patriotism.

In the 21st Century, in a highly competitive, fluid and fast-moving world we hold our own because of our ability to embrace the future rather than cling to the past. It is our ability to look forward and outward and our capacity for reinvention – in other words our liberalism – that ensures this small island remains a giant on the world stage.

The question – one of the biggest questions of our time – is how we protect the liberal values of this nation.

Six years ago we suffered an unprecedented cardiac arrest in our banks.

This wasn’t just a recession. It was a shattering collapse of the basic assumptions by which successive governments had run our economy since the Big Bang.

This wasn’t just a downturn. We were a nation plunged into uncertainty as the thumping heart of our economy ground to a halt.

And you have to remember: even before this happened a quiet crisis of confidence was already creeping over developed economies like ours. Global power, money and influence have been shifting from West to East and from North to South for years. The previously fashionable view that the world would automatically slide towards greater freedom and democracy now feels presumptuous and naïve. Within our lifetimes America will no longer be the world’s biggest economy. It will be China: an authoritarian state.

Taken together, in societies across the Western world, these experiences have created an entirely understandable but dangerous urge to turn inwards. An urge to reject the new or unfamiliar and to shun the outside world.


If anyone doesn’t believe it, just glance across the Channel at our European neighbours, where a number of extremist parties are on the rise.

In Greece’s last parliamentary election the Golden Dawn Party secured 18 MPs. They ran on an anti-immigration platform. Their slogan? ‘So we can rid the land of this filth’.

Hungary’s Jobbik Party now has 43 MPs, one of whom has called for a register of Jews who he claims ‘pose a national security risk’.

In Bulgaria, Ataka makes up 10% of the National Assembly. One of their MPs has reviled Syrian refugees as ‘terrible, despicable primates’.

In the Netherlands Geert Wilder’s PVV party is polling at around 18%. They have called for the Koran to be banned, comparing it to Mein Kampf.

Front National. Around 21%. Their leader, Marine Le Pen, has compared Muslims praying in the streets to the Nazi occupation of France.

These are not far flung places. This is our backyard. The forces of chauvinism, protectionism and xenophobia have been emboldened. And there is no doubt about it: the fight is now on for the future direction of our continent.

We are lucky. Thankfully we do not have the same extremism here in the UK. But that’s not to say the fight isn’t on for the future of our country too.

An ungenerous, backwards looking politics has emerged in Britain. The politics of blame has found an acceptable face: it wears a big smile and looks like someone you could have a pint with down the pub. So I’m drawing a line in the sand. I am going to defend the tolerant and modern Britain we love, and I am going to start by showing people what’s at stake at the upcoming European elections: do you want Britain in Europe, or out?

That’s the real question in May. One party wants out. Another is flirting with exit. The other lot don’t have the courage of their convictions on this – they’re saying nothing at all.

The Liberal Democrats are now Britain’s only party of IN. The only party out there explaining the clear benefits of Britain’s place in Europe. The only party giving people the facts.

IN because Europe is our biggest export market and vital to British jobs. Because pulling up the drawbridge is the surest way to wreck our economic recovery.

IN because in the fight against climate change, and in a world where some of the biggest players are also the biggest polluters, Europe’s nations can only make a difference if we work together.

IN because cooperation between our police forces is essential for catching the criminals who cross our borders. Crime crosses borders, so must we.

IN because Britain stands tallest in the world when we stand tall in Brussels, Paris and Berlin.

This isn’t about some starry eyed affection for the EU – of course it needs reform. But you can’t change it with one foot out the door. You change it by taking your place at the table – which is where you protect Britain’s national interest and promote our values too.

How else would we, right now, be making our presence felt against Vladimir Putin’s Cold War aggression in the Ukraine?

The EU is a global economic superpower. By standing shoulder to shoulder with our European partners we have the clout to defend not just our own interests, but the interests of our continent as a whole.

So, for all these reasons, I’m IN.

Forget the lazy assumption that, in the court of public opinion, the eurosceptics will automatically win. There is nothing automatic about election results. A few months ago, when I asked people to take to Twitter to tell me why they’re IN, they did so in their thousands. It was our most successful online campaign ever.

There are plenty of people out there who don’t want anger. They don’t want bile. They want jobs. They want our country to have influence. They want opportunities. Ultimately they want hope.

And that, Liberal Democrats, is what it all comes down to. Hope. It’s the oldest dividing line in politics – hope versus fear – and it’s back.

We talk a lot about reducing the deficit, fiscal consolidation, bringing down public sector debt, increasing GDP, creating private sector jobs. But in the end what we’re really talking about is giving the British people the confidence to once again look to their futures with hope.

That’s how you lead a nation through difficult times. That’s how you hold a country together when its citizens are feeling the pressure. And that’s what the last four years in government have been about.

There is still a long way to go and many people are still feeling the squeeze. But after a period of grave uncertainty, the British people can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I hope that makes each and every one of you feel proud: there would be no recovery without the Liberal Democrats.

No recovery if we hadn’t decided to enter into coalition in order to provide the country with strong government.

No recovery if we hadn’t held our nerve and stuck to the plan.

No recovery if we had allowed the Coalition’s economic strategy to be solely about cuts. Sorting out the nation’s finances is essential but equally as important is investing in the foundations of lasting growth.

The unprecedented Treasury support that will transform Britain’s roads and rail.

The world’s first Green Investment Bank.

The billions of pounds spent on businesses across the country.

The million more young people who are now qualifying as apprentices.

Don’t let anyone airbrush out our role. Thanks to the heroic efforts and sacrifices of millions of people we have been able to pull this country back from the brink. Under extraordinary pressure we have achieved extraordinary things. And no matter what our critics say, when the history books are written they will say that, most extraordinary of all, the country was put back on the right track by a party which had never been in government before but which had the guts and the courage to do what it took.

And now a different challenge awaits.

We’ve been in emergency mode for the last four years, but that is slowly changing. If this parliament has been about a rescue, the next will be about reconstruction and renewal.

If we are truly ambitious for our country, Britain’s future cannot be like its past.

Successive governments relying on an overheated financial sector; presiding over a wildly imbalanced economy where the gap between rich and poor grew; where the North fell further and further behind the South.

Successive administrations jumping from one set of public service reforms to the next and Whitehall just seemed to carry on regardless as more and more power was sucked up to the centre.

I don’t want us ever to go back there. It cannot be right that the country goes through all of this pain only to end up where we started when it all went wrong.

In this coalition we have begun to turn the page, but the real test will come in the next parliament – when government will have to show whether or not we have really, genuinely, learnt from the mistakes of the past.

And I simply do not believe that our opponents have. I simply do not believe that they are up to this task.

Left to their own devices what are they offering the British people?

Profligacy. Economic incompetence. A bloated and cumbersome state. Politicians who think that all they need to do to prove themselves is posture against business. A leadership desperate but unable to break free from the grip of its Union paymasters. A party that cannot be relied upon to keep the economy safe; that wants us to put them back behind the wheel even though they still won’t admit how badly they got it wrong.

Or how about widening inequality. A remorseless shrinking of our public services. A party that claims we’re all in it together and yet refuses to ask the wealthy to pay even a penny more in tax towards the on-going fiscal effort. A party which will instead single out one group – the working age poor – for especially tough sacrifices. £12bn worth of especially tough sacrifices, from people who are trying to work their way out of poverty and who we should be helping stand on their own two feet.

A weak economy. An unfair society. If it all sounds depressingly familiar it’s because most of us have lived through it all before. Two parties encumbered by the same old prejudices; straitjacketed by the same old ideologies. And whichever way you look at it, left or right, if either of them get into government on their own, they will drag Britain in the same direction: backwards.

No. That’s not my Britain. That’s not the Britain I love. And I am not going to sit back while either of them sweep in and leave this nation diminished and divided because they still don’t understand what makes our country great.

Liberal Democrats think of that when you’re out campaigning in the crucial coming weeks – in your wards, in your communities, in your regions for our hardworking councillors and our excellent team of MEPs.

When I tell you that we need to get back into government again – protecting Britain from one party rule – this is why:

Because we are the guardians of a modern, open and tolerant Britain.

Because we are the only party who will not ask the British people to choose between a stronger economy and a fairer society. They don’t have to. They can have both if we make our shared mission enabling every single person to get on in life.

Because we are the only party with the imagination and ambition needed to ensure Britain draws a line under some of our worst times with our best qualities intact.

In government again the Liberal Democrats will continue rewiring our economy so that our banks are the servant and not the master. So that, instead of fake booms and reckless consumption, we invest in growth that is balanced and sustainable, which stretches across every corner of Britain and which conserves our natural resources too.

That is how we embrace a better future rather than repeat the mistakes of the past.

We’ll finish the job of balancing the books, but continuing to spread the burden fairly, as we have been in this government – giving Britain a stronger economy and a fairer society too.

The future, not the past.

We’ll continue correcting the imbalance in our tax system, so that it doesn’t just protect the wealthy but properly rewards work.

And, yes, that means that in the coming Budget Danny Alexander and I are pushing to take the Liberal Democrat income tax cut even further than we had originally planned in this parliament.

We are about to hit the target that was on the front page of our manifesto: raising the personal allowance so that no one pays a penny of income tax on the first £10,000 they earn, saving over 20 million people £700. Now we want to go beyond that, taking the total tax cut to £800.

And if we’re in government again we’ll go further still: no one paying a penny in tax on the first £12,500 they earn.

Fairer taxes. The future, not the past.

We’ll create an education system that, from toddler to graduate, allows our all of our children to rise as far as their talents and efforts will take them, irrespective of the circumstances of their birth.

The future, not the past.

We’ll transfer ever more power to our cities and communities so that they can drive their own destinies and we break Whitehall’s grip for good.

The future, not the past.

We will ensure that this country rises to the challenge that will define the 21st Century: playing our part in the fight against climate change, for the sake of our children and the planet we leave behind.

The future, not the past.

And we will live up to our greatest traditions by keeping Britain engaged, outward facing, a heavyweight in Europe and a leader in the world.

If this sounds like the Britain you want, the Liberal Democrats are the party for you.

Between now and the election my aim – our aim – is to build a coalition bringing together all of the liberal-minded, liberal-hearted men and women who love the Britain we love – and who want a party prepared to fight for it. That’s the coalition I care about. A coalition of all the people who want to keep this nation open, tolerant, compassionate and strong.

So to the people out there who may not have voted for us before: it doesn’t matter, that’s the past. What matters now is the kind of country you want to live in. The kind of nation you want us to be.

Open not closed.

In not out.

Great Britain not little England.

Forward not back.

Hope not fear.

The future not the past.

If you have faith in this country, if you believe in Britain’s values, if you still want this incredible island of ours to keep punching above our weight and shaping the world so that it is a better place, put the Liberal Democrats back in government again – let us protect the Britain you love.

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  • crosscop

    “In the Netherlands Geert Wilder’s PVV party is polling at around 18%. They have called for the Koran to be banned, comparing it to Mein Kampf.”

    Glad that Clegg brought up the Koran. His only experience of it appears to be looking for verses he can alter to make them look like Islam condemns killings after Muslim atrocities.

    According to the BBC, this is what Clegg had to say after Lee Rigby was killed –

    ‘Clegg cited verse 32 chapter 5 the Koran’ – “If anyone kills a human being it shall be as though he killed all mankind whereas if anyone saves a life it shall be as though he saved the whole of mankind”‘ and continued – “A religion of peace was being distorted, turned upside down and inside out, perverted in the cause of an abhorrent and violent set of intentions.

    This is what the Koran actually says –

    5:32 – “Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.”

    5:33 – “Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment”

    I wonder why Cleggie took out the “unless for” bit in 5:32 and failed to mention what 5:33 says. Somebody definitely had made sure a religion “was being distorted, turned upside down and inside out” and that person was Nick Clegg.

  • Eyesee

    Ah yes, the ability of the Marxist to hold two contradictory ideas in his head at once. In what way do you love the sovereign nation of Britain if your overriding desire in life (possibly after securing work for your wife), is to make this country a region of a foreign power? People like him accuse Tories of making Britain America’s poodle. Well, perhaps, but at least they are like us, which almost no-one in the EU is. Hence all the problems. Well, that and all the corruption what with politicians constantly trying to form policies that give their families work.

  • Golben Amduke


    I love that in Britain we have no tolerance for dissembling two-faced shameless power-grabbers who will betray every principle they never held for a few months with a Ministerial limousine.

    If you have faith in this country, if you believe in Britain’s values, if you still want this incredible island of ours to keep punching above our weight and shaping the world so that it is a better place, keep the Liberal Democrats out of government – let us protect the Britain you love.

  • Raw England

    “I love that our cities are home to every race, religion, colour and language in existence”. Believe me, Nick, you’re a TINY, backwards minority.

    You’re not even ethnically British or English. You stand for NOTHING.

  • Rossspeak

    Its all been said – but to summarise my (our) view of Clegg – I distrusted Blair – I disliked Brown – but both ( to a degree) were conviction politicians.
    I despise Clegg – outside his manic obsession with our membership of the EU – he has no convictions or loyalties at all – student fees, constituency boundary changes etc. etc. – all promises can be, and have been, junked in the cause of gaining,and clinging on to power in his pathetic role of ” Deputy PM”.
    He has done his Party a huge disservice and deserves to be consigned to the dustbin of political history as a duplicitous charlatan.

  • Conway

    Open not closed. open to the world, not closed in an EU prison

    In not out. definitely out!

    Great Britain not little England. Great Britain, the world trader, not little England, region of the EU

    Forward not back.forward to prosperity, not back to feudalism in the EU

    Hope not fear.hope that we can put the EU behind us and not fear of the scaremongering coming from the EU

    The future not the past.the future of a free nation again, not the past of being chained to the EU

  • Daniel Maris

    It’s nice to hear a Russian give Britain such high marks! 🙂

  • Daniel Maris

    He’s claiming Brits invented the steam engine? News to the French I am sure who had a working steam driven land vehicle in the 1760s.

  • abystander

    Hey, Tory boys.
    Are you the only patriots in your United Kingdom?

  • abystander

    Well at least he has the cojones to take Farage on in a square do as we Glaswegians say.
    You Tory boys don’t.

  • Cooper1992

    I love British education so much, I went to university in Bruges.
    I love British politics so much, I want it to be controlled by Brussels.
    I love British people so much, I married a Spaniard.
    I love British compassion so much, I hired a Belgian nanny.
    I love British stupidity so much, I once even promised the electorate an EU referendum.
    I love British society so much, I want an even greater flood of immigrants to occur.
    I love the British pound so much, I wanted it to be replaced by the Euro.
    I love the British countryside so much, I supported sending £11m overseas whilst Somerset was under water.

    This man is a fraud. He talks about Ethiopia, Mexico, and South Korea – countries that still have a shared identify. A oneness.

    Here is a fact for you: in 2007, 22% of primary school children in England where from ethnic minorities. In 2011 that figure was 26.5%. Factor in the religion, the customs and the languages and the conclusion is we are destroying the very foundations of our great nation.

    This man is a dangerous fraud whose utopian crackpot theories will have catastrophic effects for our country. When will this country finally see him and his politics for the frauds that they are?

    • Colonel Mustard

      When the bloody media tell it like it is and the idiots in parliament who are supposed to be conservatives get off their fat, privileged, complacent backsides and go to war.

    • Hexhamgeezer

      We can only do our small bits. Whenever this totalitarian fraudster appears have him mocked and howled down as the dissembling sack of shyte he is

  • atticus1900

    Mr Clegg, you offend me.

  • anyfool

    None of the true things he said in that speech sounded true coming from his mouth.
    I got the impression that it was constructed by others as a political broadcast with no substance or feeling behind it.
    A slightly bitter taste in the mouth is what I was left with.

  • robbydot

    Vomit inducing bilge from the man who for the last 4years has been unable to open his mouth without spewing forth some anti British bile.
    Disgusting creature’

  • Kitty MLB

    I rue the day of those TV debates where we were introduced to Nickie
    and his new politics.’ He is mad that trusts the tameness of a wolf’
    We were mad to trust going into coalition with this pack of hyenas,
    and Cameron was very naïve.
    Clegg deplores Britain! treacherous, deceitful, untrustworthy and hopefully
    will be soon sent into electoral oblivion.

  • Jupiter

    You don’t really expect any of us to read Cleggie’s drivel do you?

  • London Calling

    You can’t Love Britain and Love the EU.The two don’t mix……To truly Love Britain is to give her full independence and thereby restore democracy………:)

  • global city

    Wrapping himself in the flag… how despicable. He must be forced to defend his desire for Britain to be ‘In’ from his ideological perspective of ceding power to a central political authority. There will be no British voice in the EU, just as there is no Texan voice during debates in Washington. His ‘nationalism’ is that of the euronationalist. Farage must make this abundantly clear during the debate.

    Clegg believes in the central authority, as he sees himself as one of the elite who WILL have the power.

    This power can only be accrued at the expense of OUR democratic control though. He is an anti democrat and an elitist, as well as yet one more fool who has fallen for yet another continental utopian dogma.

    • Fergus Pickering

      Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. We see this neatly illustrated north of the border in Salmond, and down here in Nick Clegg. Would you buy a used car from this man?

      • global city

        Especially when it is feigned. I really do hope that Farage manages to expose how much the europhile stance is based on utter deception, a deliberate ploy, started by Heath and continued to this day.

        They must be called out on it. They especially must be called on exactly what it is they are so enthusiastically ‘In’ for.

        • Fergus Pickering

          hey must. But I doubt it will make any difference. We are in for ever and democracy is dead.

          • global city

            Iain Martin and that girl from the New Statesman reckon that Clegg will win the debate. I think that shows how little they know about the EU themselves.

            All Farage has to do is keep to the fundamentals and expose Clegg when he is lying about the drive of the project, it’s impact on our democratic control and the weasel use of ‘national’ terminology.

            If Clegg uses the word ‘pooling’ rather than ceding power then I hope that Farage smacks him one!

      • Hexhamgeezer

        I might buy a used condom and have the contents analysed.

  • Colonel Mustard

    It was an impoverished speech. He cited aspects of our global history which happened without the EU and as they related to his personal political activities and then talked scornfully about our past as remembered from anyone else’s perspective, as though respecting its legacy other than on his terms makes one a racist, xenophobe or insular “Little Englander”. It was a classic example of a socialist attempting to suborn a historic legacy that he does not own and to impose his ‘vision’ on everyone.

    His hatred for those aspects of the past he doesn’t care for (but which facilitated some of the things he now boasts about) is apparent.

    F*** off Clegg. It’s my Britain and my history too. Don’t you dare try to tell me how its past should be remembered or celebrated or try to impose your illiberal undemocratic vision for its future on me.

    • Andy

      Well said Colonel. That piece of scum doesn’t know what he is talking about.

    • Makroon

      The first part of his speech (I wonder who wrote it ?) is not bad, with some nice rhetorical flourishes, but once he gets on to his views on policy (all his own work), it is full of cant and delusion.
      Farage can quite easily reduce Clegg to a dithering equivocator – just ask him if Britain should join the Euro.

  • In2minds

    Open not closed. Major not Minor. In not out. Up not down. Forward not back. Smooth not rough. Hope not fear. Smile not scowl. Glad not bad. Dope not beer. Shiny not dull. Sober not pissed.

    • global city

      Unaccountable, not accountable, undemocratic, not democratic, elitist not egalitarian, Napoleonic not ‘Common’, ideological not pragmatic, collective, not independent, statist, not libetarian, compulsion, not free association, insular, not outward looking, regional, not global, scared of the world, not eager to engage!

  • Lady Magdalene

    He loves the EU more.
    It’s a funny kind of love that wants to destroy the object of affection, which is what being in the EU means and is what Clegg wants.

  • Tom Tom

    Clegg should get used to the idea lots of people in the world despise Britain for what it has done in recent years especially, and a lot of people here are ashamed of what it has become with people like Clegg betraying its values

  • Denis_Cooper

    He is a liar, like most of his party he hates Britain and loathes and despises the British people, which is why he wants us to be subjugated in a pan-European federation.

    • telemachus

      “I love that the BBC and NHS are known and respected across the planet. ”

      I love that our cities are home to every race religion colour and language in existence”

      This is pure Cable

      I think if we do not get an absolute majority next May we could do business

  • Mynydd

    Mr Clegg may love Great Britain, but does Great Britain love Mr Clegg?. At the last General Election Mr Clegg lost his party parliamentary seats , and it looks like he will do so in the next series of elections.

    • global city

      One of the reasons why the Lib Dems are so fanatical about the continental elitist project. They know that they would be in a position of permanent power.. not so in the UK.