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Nick Clegg’s cojones

24 April 2014

24 April 2014

Mr and Mrs Clegg attended the launch yesterday evening of Cityfathers, a group designed for fathers working in the Square Mile. With the kind of spontaneity that smacks of an organised PR stunt, they set about finishing each other’s sentences. The double act hit its stride when the deputy prime minister was taking questions from the floor and Miriam raised her hand. Nick said: “Gosh, Miriam has put up her hand. I’m terrified about what is about to come…’Of course, I agree with you’.” (Ha, ha! They should turn professional.)

Miriam asked Nick why stigma surrounds men who want to do their share of childcare:

‘There are many, many dinosaurs, not here but out there, that still think that a man who takes care of his own children, he is some kind of less of a man. So if you and other modern working fathers could start saying not only loudly, but also proudly, that taking care of your own children and being responsible for those children does not affect your level of testosterone – and that men who actually treat women as equals are the ones with more cojones.’

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Her husband said that she was correct.

Clegg’s cojones were on show this morning when he took the kids to school as usual (while Mr Clegg has to worry about little Britain’s place in the ‘Global Race’, Mrs Clegg, AKA Ms. González Durántez, a solicitor at international law firm Dechert, has to get to work early to ensure that the world economy runs smoothly). Then Nick appeared on his weekly ‘Call Clegg’ radio show. It was a testosterone-fuelled, bravura performance. Asked by host Nick Ferrari whether he went ‘large’ at McDonald’s on Saturday, Clegg said that he had a cheeseburger and small fries. Nothing says manliness like a Maccas meal deal: apart from doing the school run, of course.


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  • Al

    Lib dems-the most ball-less and spineless political party ever. They stand for absolutely nothing.

  • anncalba

    Oh God help us, was thinking about posting a reply, but see that Telemachus is once again all over this topic, boring us all to tears. So shall abandon it. Which is maybe what the sad Telemachus wants, but I really cant be bothered with scrolling down through his insane postings to find an intelligent response any more.

    • Colonel Mustard

      Don’t let him win. Post away.

      • anncalba

        He want’s attention, sad little person that he is. I suspect this is the only place in his pathetic life anyone takes any notice of him. Therefore, if I reply, I am giving him the attention he so desparetely wants. Nah, got better things to do!

        • Colonel Mustard

          Fair enough. I can see your point.

  • foxoles

    ‘Mrs Clegg, AKA Ms. González Durántez, a solicitor at international law firm Dechert, has to get to work early to ensure that the world economy runs smoothly).’

    And (as she is on the board of Spanish company Acciona, biggest provider of wind energy in the world) also to ensure that more wind turbines are foisted on an unwilling public. Funny you didn’t mention that.

  • you_kid

    No words on the future of the state religion.
    Dudes, is this the Daily Mail?

    • the viceroy’s gin

      …good question, in what state is your religion of socialist nuttery, lad?

  • Wessex Man

    All the panache of a bald tyre, a brand past it’s sell by date, shown to be utterly foolish by a real political giant in debate now desperate for attention.

    goodbye goodbye can’t wait to see you go.

  • In2minds

    And the cajon is the Spanish drum, the one you hit, is that right?

    • Holly

      I thought it was some sort of plastic chicken recipe, shipped in from god knows where, and sold to us as something ‘cool’ to be seen eating, rustling up, after a thirteen hour stint at work then nail bar/Brazilian wax jobby.

  • Colonel Mustard

    Funny how the subject of childcare has been re-invented as an “issue” to feed the current mania for identity group grievance peddling. As a young dinosaur in the last century I was looked after by both my father and mother who seemed to have no problem with their gender differences or sharing the various responsibilities without having to declare any kind of ideological gender warfare.

    Clegg is an ageist bigot who knows FA about the past.

  • Cooper1992

    Nick is such a slimy weasel.

    And how dare he call people dinosaurs – my mother looked after me and my siblings at home, whilst my father worked full-time.

    She loved looking after us and would rather do that then work in an office 9-5. My father said that he would prefer to be out bringing in the money. It has worked perfectly well in our family with my father keeping a stable wage whilst my mother is proud of the children she raised.

    THIS IS A SYSTEM THAT HAS WORKED FOR CENTURIES. But then along comes idiots like Clegg who bit-by-bit are content on destroying it.

    Now we have fathers who work 40+ hours a week, mothers who also work 40+ hours a week. Throw in the commute and travel times, throw in the needed nanny or babysitter, throw in the awful ready-meals because there isn’t time to cook, throw in the children who don’t get to see their Mothers when they come out of school at 3:00pm.

    What do you get? A broken society.

    • Holly

      100% agree.

    • telemachus

      You were a very lucky man
      The majority had fathers in jobs with not enough wages to clothe and feed their families
      And to make ends meet the mothers had to toil long hours in successions of cleaning jobs
      You have no idea about the real world of the majority

      • Hexhamgeezer

        ..enough of 78-79.

        • telemachus

          Opaque

          • Hexhamgeezer

            an Oirish relation of yours?

        • La Fold

          1678-79?

      • Alexsandr

        sorry. coopers post matches my childhood.

        • telemachus

          Which makes you priveleged

          • Alexsandr

            Oh. where was my bike, and foreign holidays, and central heating, etc.

          • Colonel Mustard

            You can’t even spell it let alone understand what it really means.

          • Holly

            Which, in fact makes you wrong….AGAIN.

      • Wessex Man

        You haven’t actually told me where it was you stood for UKip but then became disillusioned, where was it?

        • telemachus

          You are deluded son
          I am no racist

          • Alexsandr

            just cos you keep alleging racism doesn’t make it true. Just makes you look like a nobed

            • telemachus

              The evidence was blazoned across our screens yesterday

              • Alexsandr

                No. Discussing whether immigration is good for the people of the UK is not racist. The government has a duty of care to those already here, not to the world.

              • Colonel Mustard

                Only the sort of trumped up evidence the Lieborg kangaroo court peddles, Herr Freisler.

                • telemachus

                  Guido is never wrong
                  “Also worth noting that 61% of 2010 Tory voters support the posters, with 68% of 2010 Tories saying they are a hard hitting reflection of reality.”

                • Colonel Mustard

                  Never mind 2010 look at the voting intentions:-

                  Strongly support the posters – Labour 17%, Tory 15%

                • Colonel Mustard

                  Never mind 2010 look at the voting intentions:-

                  Strongly support the posters – Labour 17%, Tory 15%

                  You are like the Dutch boy trying to stop leaks in the bund (oh for God’s sake d**e was moderated!), racing around these threads desperately tagging anything which looks as though it might damage the Labour party, harm the Tories or which offends your communist belief system.

              • Dovette

                You dolt.

          • Colonel Mustard

            But you are deluded and a bigot.

            • DWWolds

              He is deluded because he does not realise he is deluded.

      • Colonel Mustard

        “The majority had fathers in jobs with not enough wages to clothe and feed their families”

        Crapola.

      • La Fold

        SHOEMAKERS!!

      • Holly

        I was dragged up on a sprawling estate where the majority of fathers worked, and everyone wore clothes, ate three meals a day, and walked around in shoes.

        Somehow, under the watchful eye of Bozo, Balls and the rest of the Labour gang, things took a nose-dive, and according to your good self, after a decade of Labour running (down) the country, folk are making their children walk around shoeless, going hungry, because of the lack of money,are missing their mother, because she is at work, and are oblivious to who their father is.

        Labour are a disgrace, and unfit to govern.

  • Barakzai

    ”Start the discussion . . . ”

    Just a mo, until I finish my extended yawn . . .

  • Hexhamgeezer

    I wonder who little nick and his supereuro trophy missus are referring to? Is it Spanish men/women? Westminster journos or MPs, Lib Dem peers? Commissioners or MEPs?, because they know fukc all about theUK (notwithstanding the occasional Sheffield foray).

    The general population has long adapted to a fluid job and social environment and I just wonder who these oh-so-progressive Bubble dwellers think they are speaking to.

    • La Fold

      Fully agree, wish people would stop hating me for the things they assume I think especially when they would cross the road to avoid speaking to the very people they think they are standing up for.
      One of best mates stayed at home to raise his kids because as a labourer his wife, who runs a number of successful hairdressers, made significantly more money. It made sense for him and his… and hmmmm, not one solitary person gave a toss.

    • Tim Reed

      I agree entirely.
      These snobs talk down to people as though our mentalities are still stuck in the 1950s, using words like ‘dinosaurs’. In fact, it’s their preconceptions of people’s lives and attitudes that are stuck in the past, a convenient pretext to allow them to parade their ‘progressive’ smugness.

  • Rhoda Klapp8

    How he looks after his multicultural kids is his own business. He doesn’t have to parade it in front of the rest of us or try to influence how any of us resolve the same problems.

    I don’t see how anyone else’s career choices or childcare solutions are my problem, especially if they want me to pay for it.

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