Jonathan Fryer

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Archive for April 23rd, 2009

Nick Clegg Charms Sutton

Posted by jonathanfryer on Thursday, 23rd April, 2009

nick-clegg-3Nick Clegg filled the Arena Hall at SCOLA in Sutton for one of his ‘town hall meetings’ this evening, though at times he must have felt he was in the lion’s den. One of the earliest questions was from a lady who basically asked why Vince Cable was doing so brilliantly whereas Nick was out of the limelight — to which Nick resposted fairly that he has been on virtually every TV news bulletin over the past few days, re the Budget et al. And he said he didn’t begrudge Vince his stardom one bit. Nick clearly rather enjoys being put on the spot — being obliged to indulge in a bit of cut and thrust. My favourite contribution from the floor was from a vociferous man who began, ‘I am a dyed-in-the-wool socialist, so of course I can’t vote Labour…!’ But there were murmurs of approval from the audience on several occasions, and enthusiastic applause for Nick’s stand against ID cards and his condemnation of the recently publicised abuses of MPs’ allowances. All in all, as the Evening Standard might summarise the meeting: Clegg 2, Cynics 0.

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