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Nick Clegg’s self-pitying guide to parenting

8 July 2014

5:08 PM

8 July 2014

5:08 PM

‘I’m like any parent,’ says Nick Clegg (Deputy Prime Minister, privy councillor and universally derided leader of the Liberal Democrats). Speaking to the Radio Times, as any old parent might do, Average Dad Nick pleaded with his offspring:

‘The first, most visceral instinct you have as a parent is you want to protect your children, and politics is a very rough business you know. It’s absolutely not for the faint-hearted or the thin-skinned, so I wouldn’t likely recommend to my children to go into politics.’

Pity. Mr S was getting rather misty eyed at the prospect of young Miguel or Antonio seeking high office in order to restore the family name. Who will avenge self-pitying Clegg now?

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  • grumpy_old_ben

    oh, I don’t know, the Milliband, Straw and Kinnock sprogs seem to be making a pretty good fist of it. Of course, it helps to be in a party that actually HAS some nepotism to bestow.

  • John M

    As the heirs to a fair sized fortune care of Mrs Clegg, it is doubtful whether either little Clegg will really need to work at all if they don’t want to.

  • FlippityGibbit

    Serves him right for destroying not only his own personal political future but also that of the party which supported him and was built up by thousands of others over years of hard work. For that alone he shall NEVER be forgiven! He has and continues to do more damage to true democracy day by day and deserves the political oblivion he so richly deserves. Much the same as his chum Dodgy Dave who has destroyed the Tory Party!

  • Gwangi

    They don’t need to work in proper jobs to earn a living. They’re millionaires and extremely well-connected amongst European liberal polico-royalty (look at the Kinnocks if you can bear it). The jobs will be offered after the internships at the EU or one of its many BS organisations, or maybe an international charity?

  • William Clark

    Self-righteous, self-regarding self fan club – by definition can only have one member.

  • DrWatt

    Miguel and Antonio?

    Whats was wrong with Michael and Anthony?

    I suspect Miriam wears the trousers in this marriage … she looks like a tough old bird.

  • Daidragon

    Awful man. Weak. insipid and dishonest. Hope the treacherous yellows get wiped out in 2015.

  • Jacques Strap

    Like any parent. Cant wait to see Jeremy Kyle next!

  • Colonel Mustard

    “I wouldn’t likely recommend to my children to go into politics.”

    Maybe not but he will still help them if they do. There is a dynastic trend in gravy trainer politics for Red Princes.

    • telemachus

      And yellow ones

    • Makroon

      He seems to be saying that his children are thin-skinned and faint-hearted.

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  • Mark

    Pity, as the leader of a party which makes false claims to those great words liberalism and democracy, he has no similar instinct to protect the freedoms of the people he is meant to represent. That would be too much like standing for something.

  • telemachus


    There is the beginnings of another press ganging up narrative here

    This from the Mail


    “If anyone could turn self-pitying into an art form it would be Nick Clegg. The Deputy Prime Minister was at it again this week when he unwisely complained that being in Government left him feeling ‘lobotomised’.

    The fantastically ill-judged remark prompted an inevitable avalanche of mockery and jokes. ‘Finally, he admits what the nation have known for some time,’ quipped one Labour MP.

    Last year, the Deputy Prime Minister admitted he ‘cries regularly to music’, complained that he is a ‘human being, not a punchbag’ and revealed that his nine-year old son once asked him: ‘Why are the students angry with you, Papa?’. There is an entire website dedicated to ‘Nick Clegg looking sad’.

    Friends insist that the Liberal Democrat leader’s honesty is one of his greatest strengths. But privately, many Liberal Democrats are concerned that his tendency to wallow in self-pity is his greatest weakness.”

    • clavdivs

      Maybe he just really is self-pitying and more than one journalist noticed it?

  • Colin56

    Time for him to spend more time with those who love him I think. It would be a blessing for the rest of us.

    • MirthaTidville

      Indeed, after the next election I think we will be so blessed

    • @PhilKean1

      Those who love him?

      Is he off to Brussels?