After a challenging year in which he has been accused of breaking every single promise that he has made, Nick Clegg has pledged that he will definitely not be making any New Year Resolutions, or if he does, he won’t tell anyone about them.
In a frank interview on Radio 4 with Today’s new chief presenter Garry Richardson, the Deputy Prime Minister complained, ‘I’m becoming tired of the way the press is twisting everything to make out I’m some kind of liar. They just don’t understand how the process of Government really works.’
‘OK I admit that we promised to fight any increase in University tuition fees, but people have to realise that we had no idea that we would be forming a coalition Government with the Tories. And, yes, I did say that we would never entertain the idea of power sharing with another political party, but that was before the Election and before David Cameron and I met properly and I realised that he was going to be the greatest leader the country had ever had. I just didn’t know that when I called him a fake.’
‘The thing is, Garry, that was not lying. It is just a simple incorrect presentation of the facts, caused mainly because I didn’t have anyone telling me what I should be thinking at the time. Now, thanks to my coalition partners, I have a clear vision.’
Mr Clegg then revealed that he had been advised not to make any New Year resolutions as it could be politically damaging for the Government. ‘This is one firm promise I can deliver on,’ he said proudly. ‘I will definitely not make any resolutions this year, other than my traditional resolution to give up smoking, which I reserve the right to break.’
When asked if he was prepared to apologise for breaking the Liberal Democrat’s pre election pledge Mr Clegg said ‘I’m sorry but the fact of the matter is that I’m making no apologies for my actions.’