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Clegg Warns Against ‘Rivalry And Isolation’ Within Eurozone

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 9, 2012


Nick Clegg has once again distanced himself from David Cameron’s position on the eurozone crisis, telling a gathering of European leaders in London of the need to avoid “needless rivalry and isolation”.

The deputy prime minister had invited various EU leaders, including the prime minister of the Netherlands, to the meeting in London, where they agreed a statement.

“Unless we can tackle another underlying cause of the crisis – Europe’s lack of global competitiveness – this crisis will be the first of many,” it said.

Clegg’s comments came after David Cameron earlier told Sky News that Europe needed to re-balance its economy to tackle the divide between Germany and Southern Europe.

Describing the current arrangements to prevent a collapse of the eurozone as “sticking plaster steps”, Cameron said: “But that is only the short term. The longer term is that you have got to address the fact that there is a lack of competitiveness between Germany on the one hand and many of the southern European countries on the other.

But Clegg went further, telling fellow European leaders: “We can only address these problems by pulling together,” he said.

“The one lesson we have learnt over and over again in Europe, to our cost, is that we are stronger when we are together and weaker when we are apart.

“It is immensely important to work as liberals, in all our different countries, in all our different ways, to promote unity over disunity and to promote co-operation rather than needless rivalry and isolation.”

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Political Review Of The Year 2011: From Hacked Tom Watson To ‘Sacked’ Liam Fox

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 22, 2011


It is a truth universally acknowledged that a week is a long time in politics. A year is more like a decade, with leaders’ fortunes, cabinet members, poll ratings and the economy all having more twist and turns than a series of the Killing. With this in mind, the year just gone in particular feels like a political lifetime.

2011 started, like all the best years do, with a double resignation. Alan Johnson stepped down as shadow chancellor amid claims his wife had an affair with his bodyguard. Just over 12 hours later, Number 10 communications adviser Andy Coulson handed his notice in, saying the “drip drip” of revelations about phone hacking during his time editing News of the World made it impossible for him to give “110 per cent”.

David Cameron’s line, that Coulson had been “punished twice”, didn’t hold-up too well by July when his former adviser was questioned by police over his role in the phone hacking scandal. But more of that to follow, we’re still in February which began with a mini U-turn in the PM’s own family.

David Cameron’s brother-in-law acted swiftly to quash any suggestion he disagreed with the government’s NHS reforms after the PM himself told journalists the doctor had questioned giving GPs so much power.

As the Arab Spring gained steam, so did calls to intervene in Libya. Benghazi braced itself as Gaddafi threatened “no mercy, no pity”. David Cameron led condemnations of the violence as “unacceptable”, with Obama following suit.

By 17 March, the UN had resolved to impose a no-fly zone.

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Nick Clegg Says Tory MPs Are ‘Spectacularly Misguided’ As Coalition Splits Over Europe

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 11, 2011

Nick Clegg has said he is “bitterly disappointed” by David Cameron’s decision to wield Britain’s veto at the EU summit last week, as a significant rift opened in the coalition government.

The deputy prime minister said he feared the UK would now be isolated from key decisions made within the European Union.

“I’m bitterly disappointed by the outcome of last week’s summit, precisely because I think now there is a danger that the UK will be isolated and marginalised within the European Union,” he said.

“I don’t think that’s good for jobs, in the City or elsewhere, I don’t think it’s good for growth or for families up and down the country.

“There’s nothing bulldog about Britain hovering somewhere in the mid Atlantic, not standing tall in Europe, not being taken seriously in Washington.”

David Cameron has said his decision to block changes to an EU treaty was “the right thing for Britain” as it “didn’t have sufficient safeguards for Britain”.

Clegg had initially stood by the prime minister and insisted that the “coalition government was united” on the issue. However the europhile Lib Dem leader later said that those “rubbing their hands in glee” at the outcome of the summit should be careful what they wished for.

And a party source later told the Independent on Sunday that Clegg “couldn’t believe it” when, on Friday morning, he was informed of the course of events.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme this morning, Clegg said eurosceptics jumping with joy at outcome of the summit were “spectacularly misguided”.

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Nick Clegg Has Blue Paint Thrown At Him At Liberal Democrat Event In Glasgow

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 25, 2011

These days nothing good news in UK.
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Is The Cameron-Clegg Political Honeymoon Over?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 30, 2010

This is called politics where everybody wants to use others for own advantages.

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