Nothing will do more damage to the pro-European movement than giving room to the suspicion that we have something to hide, that we do not have the “cojones” to carry our argument to the people.

— Nick Clegg

The most jittery Nick Clegg quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

We need to teach our kids, because there is such a celebrity culture at the moment, that however rich you are, however famous you are, however glamorous you are, everyone has to live by the same rules.

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I say this as a young dad seeing children going into primary school: I don't think we should underestimate the formative effect on a child of those first years in primary school.

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I've just been away for a week, and I dropped my BlackBerry in the sea while I was messing around with the kids, so no one can reach me. Blissful. I heartily recommend it.

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I firmly believe that the principles behind Contraction & Convergence provide the best long-term framework for a fair and equitable climate change mitigation policy

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I don't lead a particularly Bohemian existence.

The main criterion for me is not to be judgemental of other people so long as what they do is not harmful or offensive to others.

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I genuinely believe that we will look back on today as a landmark for equality in Britain ... No matter who you are and who you love, we are all equal. Marriage is about love and commitment, and it should no longer be denied to people just because they are gay.

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I am a passionate believer in freedom of speech.

I would not support anything which would impinge on aggressive robust freedom of the British press, but when things go wrong and there has been outright illegality, there should be proper accountability.

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My dad's side of the family had lots of artists and musicians.

There's an emotional, quite sentimental quality to Slavic culture. It's very open, it loves art, it loves music, it loves literature. It's very warm, it's very up, it's very down. I would celebrate that.

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The Liberal Democrat Party and the Conservative Party come at things very differently when it comes to Europe. When it comes to political reform, we have a much greater tradition in the Liberal Democrats of social justice and fairness than the Conservatives do.

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[All governments] get into a rut where every potentially good story turns into a bad one.

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I care more about getting this right [NHS reform] than I do about getting it done.

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On the BSkyB bid, Rupert Murdoch is now in town in London seeking to sort things out. I would simply say to him, look how people feel about this. Look how the country has reacted with revulsion to the revelations. So do the decent and sensible thing and reconsider, think again, about your bid for BSkyB.

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About Nick Clegg

Quotes 27 sayings
Profession Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthday January 7, 1967

Liberalism is a really old British tradition and it has a completely different attitude towards the individual and the relationship between the individual and the state than the collectivist response of Labour, and particularly Old Labour, does.

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I think it is a simple statement of principle that in a democracy you should make your MPs work harder for your vote and try and get at least majority support in their local area, and that in a nutshell is what AV does.

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If there's one thing I'm not going to apologise for as the leader of the Liberal Democrats in government after 60 or 70 years of being out of government, it's that you just cannot avoid but deal with the world the way it is.

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The Liberal Democrats will add a heart to a Conservative government and a brain to a Labour one.

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Most people in the country would think the diamond jubilee is a wonderful occasion for us to celebrate together as a community and as a nation. But I suspect that most people in the country would think, given that there is very little money around, that this probably would not be the top of their list of priorities for the use of scarce public resources.

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You see people literally in a different galaxy who are paying extraordinarily low rates of tax.

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[Ed Miliband]'s elevated personal abuse into a sort of strategy

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Growth that lasts does not threaten our children's future.

It recognises that our planet is a gift that must be cherished. That tomorrow is our responsibility as much as today.

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I have got instincts that, I think, are very much in tune with people's very keen sense to see something different. I did not dream of being in politics since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. I was not involved in student politics, or not in that partisan way.

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One thing I've very quickly learned is that if you wake up every morning worrying about what's in the press, you would go completely and utterly potty.

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After the economic 9/11, we will face a new world order.

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Every time [Chris Bryant] asks a question I become more and more baffled why anyone would want to hack his phone and listen to his messages

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I totally accept that it's a legitimate criticism that when you are involved in the day-to-day scrum of government that what can get lost is the narrative, the hymn sheet the song that inspires and lifts people's sights.

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I don't watch a huge amount of telly.

I read a lot. I'm reading at the moment 'Freedom,' by Jonathan Franzen, a great big brick of a book, and I'm loving it.

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