Author Archives for Sam Macrory

Global Commission on Drugs Policy meeting

September 26, 2018 1:36 pm Published by Comments Off on Global Commission on Drugs Policy meeting

The Global Commission on Drugs Policy met in September. Nick, who is a commissioner, travelled to Mexico City for the official launch of the Commission’s new report entitled “Regulation: The Responsible Control of Drugs”. In Mexico gang-related violence, driven by the drugs trade, has seen the murder rate rise to a record high. You can read more here.  


Penn Biden Leaders Dialogue

September 26, 2018 1:06 pm Published by Comments Off on Penn Biden Leaders Dialogue

Earlier this week Nick joined Joe Biden on stage to take part in a Penn Biden Leaders Dialogue. The discussion was part of a series of events held at Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania. Nick and VP Biden looked at how the global order is faring at a time of dramatic change, and how  the economic, security, legal, and cultural regimes should evolve m to keep up. You can read more about Nick’s visit here.                   


Economist Open Future Event

September 26, 2018 11:45 am Published by Comments Off on Economist Open Future Event

On September, Nick spoke at the Economist’s Open Future even in London. He was joined on stage by Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek minister of finance. Their event was entitled “Can Liberalism be saved?”       


I Thought… A film about changing your mind

September 24, 2018 11:20 am Published by Comments Off on I Thought… A film about changing your mind

If Brexit isn’t turning out the way you thought, then it’s time to think again. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t change your mind. A short film by Euan Robinson. I THOUGHT… It is normal to think differently about something we may have thought before. We all do it. It's part of being human. So don't let anyone tell you that we can't think again about Brexit. Posted by Nick Clegg on Thursday, 20 September 2018


Politics Live

September 18, 2018 2:52 pm Published by Comments Off on Politics Live

Nick appeared as a guest on the BBC’s Politics Live this morning. Among the guests were Gisela Stuart, who played a leading role in the pro-Brexit campaign during the 2016 referendum. During the show, Nick clashed with the former Labour MP over the Vote Leave campaign’s claims that Turkey was set to join the EU. You can click on the link below to see the exchange. "People realise that that threat is complete baloney" @nick_clegg "Their membership application is still on the table" @GiselaStuart https://t.co/w7lW9S2TEK #politicslive pic.twitter.com/rbG74rNFkT — BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) September 18, 2018


EU could extend Brexit process to give UK more time – Nick Clegg

September 17, 2018 4:56 pm Published by Comments Off on EU could extend Brexit process to give UK more time – Nick Clegg

Nick spoke at the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton today, in a Q&A with the Guardian’s political editor Heather Stewart. The BBC reported on what he had to say. —– European leaders are “seeking to find some way of giving Britain more time” to avoid a no-deal Brexit, Sir Nick Clegg has said. The former deputy prime minister said he hoped MPs would reject a deal based on Theresa May’s Chequers plan. But he rejected Mrs May’s claim that the only alternative to that was a no-deal exit. And he claimed EU leaders were ready to extend the 29 March…


Clegg: Leaders’ TV debates should be an immovable part of election campaigns

September 17, 2018 4:23 pm Published by Comments Off on Clegg: Leaders’ TV debates should be an immovable part of election campaigns

During the 2010 general election campaign, nearly 10 million viewers tuned in as David Cameron, Gordon Brown and I lined up against each other in the first televised leaders’ debate in British political history. That debate, along with the two rematches which took place in the weeks that followed, were a defining feature of that election. It seemed obvious to me, and no doubt to the millions of viewers, that this exciting innovation was here to stay. Read more and view interview here:


FT Article: With a Brexit deal in sight, Britain is entering a no man’s land

September 17, 2018 4:10 pm Published by Comments Off on FT Article: With a Brexit deal in sight, Britain is entering a no man’s land

When is a deal a deal and no deal at the same time? In the Brexit negotiations. In fact, the way in which the talks between the UK and the EU were organised propels the process to one overwhelmingly likely outcome: an agreement on how to leave the EU, with no binding agreement on how to live outside the bloc. The former — as the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier made clear this week — is within touching distance. But the latter remains as distant as ever. This straightforward fact appears to have been forgotten by those who used the…


Guardian article: Clegg leads pro-remain grandees on diplomatic mission to stop Brexit

September 14, 2018 3:27 pm Published by Comments Off on Guardian article: Clegg leads pro-remain grandees on diplomatic mission to stop Brexit

Prominent remain supporters including former British prime ministers Tony Blair and John Major have been working with Nick Clegg and Lord Mandelson on a parallel diplomatic mission to persuade European leaders to stop Brexit. Clegg, the former deputy prime minister, began his diplomatic mission independently, but has taken on the role of informal shop steward to the grandees. In recent weeks, Clegg has met Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, the German Bundestag president, Peter Altmeier, the German economics minister, Sigmar Gabriel, the former German foreign minister and senior officials in the foreign policy team of French president Emmanuel Macron.…


On Brexit, we’re heading towards the worst of both worlds

September 10, 2018 11:01 am Published by Comments Off on On Brexit, we’re heading towards the worst of both worlds

Zeno, a Greek philosopher who lived in Cyprus around 300BC, liked to explain his concept of free will by comparing it to a puppy tied to the back of a cart. The puppy was the individual, the cart the wider forces which shape our world. As long as the puppy moves in the same direction as the cart it will have the freedom to move from side to side, pick up food and stay fit and healthy. If, however, it decides to move in a different direction to the cart, or not move at all, the cart will break its…