So here it is. Merry Christmas! When we’re not thinking about Brexit, everybody is having fun. Except, it seems, for Nigel Farage, who was in typically splenetic form when he took to the airwaves to get my attention last month. “Are you listening, Mr Clegg?” he barked into his microphone during one of his radio phone-in shows.

‘Every nation fiercely guards their right to send their own soldiers into battle’ The reason for his spleen? Mr Farage wants me to accept that it was wrong to claim, as I did in my televised debate with him in 2014, that the prospect of an EU army, airforce and navy was “total fantasy”. He is supported by an army of angry folk on Twitter and the Brexit-obsessed tabloids who jump at every alleged plot being hatched in Brussels.

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