Clegg in the press

by Stephen Tall on January 10, 2008

Hard to escape Nick Clegg in the media today: he’s everywhere. Here’s a selection…

An audio interview with The Guardian’s Jon Dennis following his PMQs’ debut here – apparently Nick has “always enjoyed” PMQs. (Perhaps Lynne Featherstone should have a word.)

There’s a Q&A with Nick with The Guardian’s Patrick Barkham here – including “why [Nick’s] no Cameron clone, why he wants to do more for children – and why we’re all working too hard”.

And, as if The Guardian couldn’t get enough of Nick, the paper also trails his much-anticipated speech on public services to this Saturday’s manifesto conference: Clegg prepares plans to end state intervention in schools.

For those who still have questions to put to Nick, Reuters Online is carrying a Q&A with “the young, smooth talking, but so far, relatively unknown new leader of the Liberal Democrats, on policy and the party’s prospects.”

Meanwhile his trip to the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood to meet Scottish Lib Dem leader Nicol Stephen and his MSP colleagues has been covered on STV here and in The Herald here. This comes ahead of Nick’s first ‘town hall meeting’ with members of the public this evening.

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I hate this we’re working ‘too hard’ myth.

Firstly, we have more leisure time than ever before (well, apart from those rich few who could live a life of leisure in the past).

Secondly, you don’t have to work as hard as you do. If leisure time is more important to you then take it. I know plenty of people who do. I know others who work really really hard, but that’s their choice.

by Tristan Mills on January 11, 2008 at 8:29 am. Reply #

The Economist had an interesting article about how the need to ‘Keep Up With the Joneses’ is hardwired into our brains, and how we probably don’t make the most efficient trade-off in terms of work:leisure whether in terms of quality of life outcomes, happiness, family welfare etc etc

Now I wouldn’t like to make a maximum working hours compulsory- the opt-out is fine- but I do think that as liberals it should be a problem that we should address through education at a younger level.

by Simon on January 11, 2008 at 10:39 am. Reply #

Did I miss all this stuff about “burying the Liberal Democrats’ traditional approach to public services” and “effectively taking schools out of state control” during the recent leadership contest?

by cgp on January 12, 2008 at 12:55 am. Reply #

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