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As Ukraine burns Clegg downs cocktails and tequila, bakes cakes and discusses his favourite vinegars ^ | July 20, 2014 | TOM MCTAGUE

Posted on 07/20/2014 6:50:31 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

Nick Clegg was slammed today after taking a break from the global crisis threatening to tip the world into a new Cold War - to spend three hours talking about cooking on daytime TV.

The Deputy Prime Minister joined celebrity guests on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch this morning - helping hosts Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer cook an avocado cake.

The Liberal Democrat leader, wearing a black shirt tucked into blue jeans, downed chilli clams, tequila and cocktails - and revealed his favourite vinegar was balsamic.

Mr Clegg's appearance....came as David Cameron held crisis talks with world leaders over the crisis in Ukraine.

The Prime Minister spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Francois Hollande, before the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond held an emergency meeting of the Government's Cobra committee at 1pm.

But Mr Clegg, attempting to boost his poll ratings as the party heads for disaster in the next general election in May, spent the morning on TV. ....

During the show, Mr Clegg condemned the House of Commons for being 'stuck in the past', and said people are put off politics by the 'farce' of Prime Minister's Questions and spoke of his sympathy for the victims of the MH17 crash. But Labour MPs attacked Mr Clegg's decision to appear on the show.

Grahame Morris said: 'Nick Clegg displays an alarmingly cavalier indifference given the seriousness of the situation. He is supposed to be Deputy Prime Minister, not a contestant on Master Chef.'

John Mann added: 'It sums up Clegg's priorities.'

He insisted his party was right to 'step up to the plate' to form the coalition Government in 2010, but admitted he had not been prepared for the 'vitriolic' attacks against him since taking office.

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Nick Clegg 'slammed': Tories round on Deputy PM for downing tequila on Channel 4 - July 20, 2014 - Peter Bone, the Conservative MP for Wellingborough, said: “When there’s huge problems in the Ukraine and Middle East, it’s a bizarre thing for a Deputy Prime Minister to be doing. Perhaps it was a job audition for when he loses his seat at the next election.”

Douglas Carswell, the MP for Clacton, said: “Where is the gravitas? Where is the leadership?”

Grahame Morris, a Labour MP, said Mr Clegg appeared to display a “alarming cavalier indifference” to Ukraine.

Charlotte Henry, a Liberal Democrat activist and blogger, wrote: “As the world burned, Nick Clegg cooked.

“A horrific situation is escalating in the Middle East. Russian separatists look to have shot down a passenger plane, and are moving bodies from the site. What was Nick Clegg doing? Talking about avocados.

“It just makes it looks like the serious governing is being done by the Tories, while the Lib Dems play around.”

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the MP North East Somerset, added: “It seems Mr Clegg is the first person who, when he could not stand the heat, went into the kitchen.”

1 posted on 07/20/2014 6:50:31 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“....when he could not stand the heat, went into the kitchen.”

LOL, good one Mr. Rees-Mogg.

2 posted on 07/20/2014 6:54:00 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Tailgunner Joe

‘Brave sir Nick ran away...’

3 posted on 07/20/2014 7:58:50 PM PDT by Ken H
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