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SULKING DEPUTY PM NICK CLEGG failed to turn up to prime minister David Cameron’s statement today, (Monday) defending his stance to snub Europe’s greater fiscal union treaty which happened last week in Brussels.
But did Clegg failing to turn up to the House, make the Lib Dems look rather stupid? After all, Clegg and Cameron are supposedly the cemented bricks that hold the coalition together.
It’s almost like a sulky prefect not getting his way.
Lib Dem Clegg told Sunday’s Andrew Marr he was bitterly disappointed
by the PM’s decision, and said that this decision to leave
But Clegg did say also
yesterday that there was no question that the coalition would stay the course
until 2015 – ironically in the interests of
And in an interview today after the PM statement he reiterated this rather sulkily: “The coalition is here to stay.”
Some Conservatives labelled Clegg, on the leading ToryHome website, “two faced.”
Labour leader Ed Miliband jumped on the bandwagon and quipped in his response to the statement, asking: “where was the Deputy PM?”
In the statement, the PM told
MPs that he stood by his decision because a treaty within a treaty was not a
good deal for
He said: “My job at that
European Council was to stand up for
And on Labour’s pontifications, he said: “The party opposite can’t even tell us whether they support this new treaty or not.”
But Miliband said that the PM
would rue the day when he decided to leave
He said he came back with nothing.
Several Tory MPs, gloated though at the defiance of the PM, and rallied around him after he had made his statement.
Even the likes of John Redwood admitted that there were times where you just had to say no.
But Miliband told the PM that
he had succeeded in leaving
He said that he did not want a deal because he could not deliver it through his party.
Cameron’s statement came as 26 members of the EU signed up to potentially allowing a German/Franco agreement to dictate to members outside of the Eurozone regarding their budget deficits.
But he told MPs that