The Clegg catastrophe | Patrick Wintour and Nicholas Watt | Politics | The Guardian
Nick Clegg has said his “biggest mistake” during the Coalition his biggest mistake as leader was sitting next David Cameron at PMQs. So David Cameron and Nick Clegg yesterday decided to hold a It is said, among Mr Cameron's followers, that Mr Clegg lost his faith in God. A profile of Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats. On another occasion, he said he was not an "active believer" in God - another.
Once again, Cameron was exercising his newfound prerogative to get in the last pat, using touch as a "status reminder". The body language during the afternoon press conference was equally revealing.
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Cameron and Clegg were relaxed, looking at times more like stand-up comedians than the guardians of the country's future. Both made frequent references to the other, demonstrating their mutual regard by gazing intently as the other was speaking.
The fact that their gaze patterns were so similar made it look as though they were on an equal footing. But there were other, more subtle signs that gave the lie to this impression.
Clegg generated a number of deferential signals. At the time we, as a party, were identified with two issues: What we did was equivalent to Labour coming out against social justice.
The problem was at the time there was nothing but bravado about owning coalition policies. An apologetic Kennedy assured Porter that he would have his fights, but not so early in the parliament.
Ahead of the debate, he took Porter up to the Commons gallery, and told him: Initially Clegg defended them: He is very focused and hardly talks to anyone else — a lone man, a bit like Edward Heath in that sense. He had this fixed idea that all you needed to do was change the structure of the NHS and give commissioning powers to GPs.
The Clegg catastrophe
Family concerns After attending the exclusive Westminster public school, Cambridge University and colleges in the US and Belgium, he worked as a lecturer and journalist. He moved to the European Commission, managing aid projects and trade negotiations. While there, commission vice-president Leon Brittan, a former home secretary, tried to recruit him to the Conservatives, but he refused.
He stood down after five years, saying the job was "difficult to reconcile with a young family".
He was immediately touted as a future leader. Mr Clegg took paternity leave when son Miguel was born When Mr Kennedy quit in lateMr Clegg, by now Europe spokesman, did not run to replace him.
Instead, he backed his boss in the foreign affairs team, Sir Menzies Campbell, reportedly on the understanding that the support would one day be reciprocated. After Sir Menzies won, Mr Clegg was promoted to home affairs spokesman, beefing up his reputation by taking on ministers over ID cards and anti-terror plans.