Nick Clegg on The Last Leg

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We quite often watch Channel 4’s The Last Leg on Friday evenings. I’m a particular fan of Adam Hills, who is a very funny and articulate anchor man for the show.

Until this week, I didn’t realise the connection between the show and disability. Yes, of course, I did know that Alex Brooker has disabilities. But I didn’t realise that Hills has a prosthetic leg and that the show started during the Paralympics. You learn something new every day. But perhaps my ignorance is a good thing – I have just watched the show because it is really funny.

Anyway, there was quite a build-up to Nick Clegg’s appearance last night. In particular, his showdown with Alex Brooker was hyped up. In the event, I suppose I got a bit confused. I expected Brooker to ask really tough questions about disability benefits, for example. In the event: “Do you prefer David Cameron or George Osborne?” was about as tough as it got. Perhaps I shouldn’t have expected so much – it is a comedy programme after all.

There was on nugget of insight. Alex asked Nick Clegg how he felt about the tuition fees episode on a scale between one meaning “couldn’t give a toss” and ten meaning “can’t sleep at night because of it”. After some thought and clarification of the scale, Nick said “nine and a half”, which I thought was very telling – even if it wasn’t his honest opinion and was instead what he thought people wanted him to say.

And it was very funny. Full marks to Nick Clegg. He really entered into the spirit of the thing.

And who thought we’d see the Deputy Prime Minister throwing a melon onto a prosthetic sword?

You can watch the programme here on Channel 4’s On Demand service.

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Campaigning in Hungerford today

hungerfordIt was great to get out with the team in Hungerford today. We got a great reaction with many survey responses and signatures for our petition against cuts to Childrens’ Services by West Berkshire Council.

Sadly, the overnight snowfall had cleared, so we couldn’t qualify for one of Caron’s “Liberal Democrats campaigning in the snow” posts!

I’m really enjoying all this heightened campaigning in the run-up to the general election. And certainly, the warming Heinz Tomato Soup at the end of the trail today was very welcome!

A quiet word in defence of Alex Carlile

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I fully support the decision of my friend and colleague Caron Lindsay, Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, to initiate a debate on the actions of Lord Carlile in connection with the Counter Terrorism Bill and an amendment (which apparently is still hanging over parliament like the sword of Damocles) which would effectively bring in the Communications Data Bill (or “Snoopers’ Charter”) by a back door/shoe-horn.

I strongly disapprove of those actions, taken by Lord Carlile and a few other peers. Continue reading

Somerton and Frome action day

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Today was a truly glorious and inspiring day. With friends Sue and Steph, I went down to Somerton and Frome constituency to help out old friend David Rendel and his team. It was a glorious sunny day with a clear blue sky. The beautiful “Tamara Drewe-esque” villages of Holcombe and Coleford were breathtaking.

It was great to be amongst young and young at heart enthusiastic volunteers and to receive a very friendly welcome from residents.

The Green party – should the Lib Dems be panicking?

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Yesterday, a poll showed the Green party ahead of the Liberal Democrats by two points. Last week, figures showed that the Green party overtook the LibDems (and UKIP) in terms of membership numbers. Continue reading