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King of Chaos: Nick Clegg interviews Nigel Farage

April 18, 2018 8:00 pm Published by Comments Off on King of Chaos: Nick Clegg interviews Nigel Farage

Anger Management with Nick Clegg 1: King of Chaos: Nick Clegg interviews Nigel Farage Are we living in an Age of Rage? On the first episode of ANGER MANAGEMENT WITH NICK CLEGG, the former deputy prime minister talks to Nigel Farage, former Ukip leader and one of the most divisive figures in British political history. A wave of populist anger carried the EU referendum for the Leave side – but what happens now? What shaped Nigel Farage’s ideas? Does anger drive his politics, or something deeper? And why does he love chaos? ”Chuka Umunna said the other day that we…


Westminster Hour – BBC Radio 4

April 11, 2018 6:19 pm Published by Comments Off on Westminster Hour – BBC Radio 4

Nick Clegg criticises Labour’s Brexit stance. Sir Nick Clegg has told the Westminster Hour that Jeremy Corbyn will “embark on the greatest act of betrayal of progressive values this country has seen in many, many years” if he instructs Labour MPs to support Brexit. The former Deputy Prime Minister said it would be “impossible” for the party to end austerity if it proceeds with the UK leaving the EU. In a wide-ranging interview he also defended the role of private-sector companies in large infrastructure projects and warned there is currently “no solution to the biggest environmental challenges” the world is…


Elected representatives will do the right thing on Brexit

April 7, 2018 7:48 am Published by Comments Off on Elected representatives will do the right thing on Brexit

MPs and MEPs should follow their conscience about whether to vote for any exit deal. Like the suspense in an old-fashioned cowboy film before the final gunfight, tension in Westminster is already rising as MPs prepare for the “meaningful” vote on Brexit towards the end of this year. The upcoming debates in the House of Commons will be the political equivalent of scuffles in a saloon, harbingers of the real showdown to come. Many MPs — the majority of whom would probably slip the noose of Brexit if only they knew how — are still waiting, hoping, that something might…


Nick Clegg interview – The Times

March 24, 2018 6:34 pm Published by Comments Off on Nick Clegg interview – The Times

Negotiations have been a disaster but MPs can save the day, says Nick Clegg. Sir Nick Clegg is remarkably optimistic for somebody who has just been through three years of hell. Having lost his job as deputy prime minister and watched the Liberal Democrats being crushed at the 2015 election, he saw his European ideals rejected by the voters in the Brexit referendum, then suffered the humiliation of being booted out of parliament last year. Far more gruelling than any of these political defeats, he has also nursed his son Antonio through lymphoma (blood cancer), administering a brutal daily combination…


Innovate Finance Global Summit 2018

March 20, 2018 3:31 pm Published by Comments Off on Innovate Finance Global Summit 2018

The backlash against big tech It has become fashionable to say that the internet is broken. In the early days of course it was different; the internet was this wonderful,revolutionary tool for free expression and the democratisation of information. Now politicians, media hacks and Silicon Valley old hands alike make it painfully clear that the dream has soured: the internet, we’re told, is fundamentally compromised by corporate interests, who merrily invade our privacy to sell ads, propagate falsehoods which undermine democracy and preside over increasingly divisive and fragmented public debates. Personally, I’m still an optimist. But there can be no…


Geography should not determine social mobility – The Times

March 12, 2018 6:19 pm Published by Comments Off on Geography should not determine social mobility – The Times

Parental occupation, family income, early years education, “social capital” (ie who you know)… these are the sorts of things we traditionally look at when considering what shapes a child’s ability to do well at school and beyond. Yet, these days, there’s a new and growing influence on the life chances of children across the country: geography. Last year, two reports published by the Social Market Foundation think tank laid out the painful truth. Where someone lives can determine their social mobility almost as much as their family background. Regional disparities in the UK are wider than any other western European…


Weaving the UK’s Brexit strategy into three baskets

February 24, 2018 7:50 am Published by Comments Off on Weaving the UK’s Brexit strategy into three baskets

Prime minister Theresa May will reveal the blueprint in a speech in early March. This week’s marathon meeting of ministers at Chequers was designed to produce the final blueprint for Brexit, or so we were told. Now the message is that UK prime minister Theresa May will reveal all in a speech next week. The future that our children and grandchildren will inhabit will — finally — become clear. Given the historical significance of these events, it was underwhelming, to say the least, to learn that ministers had spent much of their time in the run-up to the Chequers meeting…


How to stop Brexit – Organised by UCL Department of Political Science

February 22, 2018 6:41 pm Published by Comments Off on How to stop Brexit – Organised by UCL Department of Political Science

Nick Clegg, Sir Nick Clegg served as Deputy Prime Minister in Britain’s first post war Coalition Government from 2010 to 2015. He was Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2007 to 2015 and was Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam for 12 years before the 2017 General Election. Watch here


The ‘soft Brexit’ dream is now dead – iNews

February 7, 2018 6:13 pm Published by Comments Off on The ‘soft Brexit’ dream is now dead – iNews

Dead. Deceased. It is no more. Like Monty Python’s dead parrot, as of this week “soft” Brexit has ceased to be. All that is now left is a wilfully self-harming “hard” Brexit, or no Brexit at all. That is the inescapable choice which will face MPs when they vote on the Brexit deal later this year. It did not need to be like this. Read more


On Brexit, Jacob Rees-Mogg is right: Britain risks vassal status

January 27, 2018 7:53 am Published by Comments Off on On Brexit, Jacob Rees-Mogg is right: Britain risks vassal status

During a transition period, the UK will surrender the privileges it currently enjoy. I agree with Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the hardline pro-Brexit faction of Conservative MPs. There. I’ve said it. I never thought I would — and I doubt I ever will again — but he is right about one crucial component in the Brexit puzzle: the transition period. In a feisty exchange last week with David Davis, the Brexit secretary, Mr Rees-Mogg claimed that the UK will become a “vassal state” for two years or more if, as planned, the government agrees in the EU summit in…