Farage's mask slipping, Clegg says

Hillingdon Times: Nick Clegg accused Nigel Farage of promoting the 'politics of division' Nick Clegg accused Nigel Farage of promoting the 'politics of division'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage's "beer-swilling bonhomie mask" is slipping to reveal an extremely nasty view of modern Britain, Nick Clegg has said.

The Deputy Prime Minister accused Mr Farage of using divisive politics after r emarking he would be concerned if a group of Romanians were to move in next door to him.

Liberal Democrat leader Mr Clegg also refused to predict how many euro MPs he expects his party to have after Thursday's elections, adding the UK Independence Party will do well and make gains in traditional Labour heartlands.

Asked if Mr Farage was "indulging in racist language" with his Romanian comments, Mr Clegg told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show: "I think the mask is starting to slip and I think what's being revealed that sort of behind the beer-swilling bonhomie is a rather nasty view of the world.

"I think anyone who singles out one community, one nationality, and says 'I don't want to live next door to them', I really think that's the politics of division and I think it really should have no place in modern Britain.

"I would say to people if you don't like that point of view, if, like me, you are really put off by this very divisive, nasty approach to things then please go out and vote.

"The more people don't vote the more likely it is that Ukip will get in."

Mr Clegg added he would be happy to debate again with Mr Farage, adding their recent television clashes: " I like to think that because I decided to take Nigel Farage on... that 's one of the reasons he's being subject to more scrutiny, that's why you're seeing the mask slip and it's revealing an extremely nasty view of modern Britain."

Pressed for his prediction at Thursday's euro election after being reminded of his party's poor opinion poll ratings, Mr Clegg said Ukip would strike a "huge blow" to Labour's traditional support in the North.

He said: "I think Ukip is going to do well but very well particularly at the cost of Labour in their traditional heartlands, for instance in the North.

"That's not something you pick up in the polls but we'll see next week whether my prediction or yours comes true."

Mr Clegg also accused the Conservatives of stamping their feet and petulance in their attempts to reform the UK's relationship with the European Union (EU).

Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted he will not return to Number 10 unless he can secure an agreement that an in/out EU referendum will go ahead in 2017.

Mr Clegg said "you cannot win the argument in Europe unless you are in Europe", saying of the Tory approach: " I think there's a sort of elevated form of petulance to say we are going to stamp our little feet to get our little short shopping list of really rather minor changes, which they're now advocating, and if we don't get them with them we'll quit.

"Guess what happens if you do that? People will say 'suit yourself then'."

Mr Clegg said many of the changes sought by the Tories are "motherhood and apple pie" that most people would agree with.

Asked if it was a "phoney agenda" from the Tories, he went on: "I think it's worse than that.

"It's never going to satisfy large parts of the Conservative Party because large parts of the Conservative Party actually want to join Nigel Farage and leave.

"They don't have the courage to say so, so what you've got is this phoney war if you like within the Conservative Party which is now being papered over, those cracks papered over, by this arbitrary timetable of holding a referendum in 2017."

Mr Clegg said he had no problem with a referendum or reforming the UK's relationship with the EU, adding: "I have a problem with the internal divisions of the Conservative Party being the determining factor of what should be a policy taken in the national interest."

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12:38pm Sun 18 May 14

jimmysmith says...

Goodbye clegg you muppet .vote ukip folks
Goodbye clegg you muppet .vote ukip folks jimmysmith
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2:39pm Sun 18 May 14

cosmick says...

CLEGG THE LOOSER VOLUME 1.
VOTE UKIP THURSDAY AND START TO GET OUR COUNTRY BACK.
CLEGG THE LOOSER VOLUME 1. VOTE UKIP THURSDAY AND START TO GET OUR COUNTRY BACK. cosmick
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4:12pm Sun 18 May 14

MrBenggo says...

It's UKIP for me.
I agree with Nigel Farage,I wouldn't want a family of Romanians living next door to me;in fact I haven't heard one good thing about them.
It's UKIP for me. I agree with Nigel Farage,I wouldn't want a family of Romanians living next door to me;in fact I haven't heard one good thing about them. MrBenggo
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4:20pm Sun 18 May 14

RM says...

Nick Clegg - a politician with a wholly unwarranted good opinion of himself.
Nick Clegg - a politician with a wholly unwarranted good opinion of himself. RM
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5:16pm Sun 18 May 14

MSG says...

Criticism from a man who just can not be trusted !

I can't wait for Thursday when we vote UKIP and start to get our country back. 3 Votes from us in this house towards a north east MEP !

COME ON UKIP 1111
Criticism from a man who just can not be trusted ! I can't wait for Thursday when we vote UKIP and start to get our country back. 3 Votes from us in this house towards a north east MEP ! COME ON UKIP 1111 MSG
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5:56pm Sun 18 May 14

elvisimo says...

MrBenggo wrote:
It's UKIP for me.
I agree with Nigel Farage,I wouldn't want a family of Romanians living next door to me;in fact I haven't heard one good thing about them.
Ignoramus
[quote][p][bold]MrBenggo[/bold] wrote: It's UKIP for me. I agree with Nigel Farage,I wouldn't want a family of Romanians living next door to me;in fact I haven't heard one good thing about them.[/p][/quote]Ignoramus elvisimo
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6:28pm Sun 18 May 14

mimseycal says...

Well, pot and kettle time I see.
Well, pot and kettle time I see. mimseycal
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9:28pm Sun 18 May 14

liketoknow says...

this 'deputy prime minister' wasn't democratically voted into power anyway.
this 'deputy prime minister' wasn't democratically voted into power anyway. liketoknow
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10:01pm Sun 18 May 14

jimmysmith says...

elvisimo wrote:
MrBenggo wrote:
It's UKIP for me.
I agree with Nigel Farage,I wouldn't want a family of Romanians living next door to me;in fact I haven't heard one good thing about them.
Ignoramus
please explain to us all then elvis .why is he an ignoramus for stating the truth ? on what basis do you qualify your post (ignoramus) .by the way mr benggo i wholeheartedly agree with you .its a ukip victory thursday folks
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrBenggo[/bold] wrote: It's UKIP for me. I agree with Nigel Farage,I wouldn't want a family of Romanians living next door to me;in fact I haven't heard one good thing about them.[/p][/quote]Ignoramus[/p][/quote]please explain to us all then elvis .why is he an ignoramus for stating the truth ? on what basis do you qualify your post (ignoramus) .by the way mr benggo i wholeheartedly agree with you .its a ukip victory thursday folks jimmysmith
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10:32pm Sun 18 May 14

mimseycal says...

jimmysmith wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
MrBenggo wrote:
It's UKIP for me.
I agree with Nigel Farage,I wouldn't want a family of Romanians living next door to me;in fact I haven't heard one good thing about them.
Ignoramus
please explain to us all then elvis .why is he an ignoramus for stating the truth ? on what basis do you qualify your post (ignoramus) .by the way mr benggo i wholeheartedly agree with you .its a ukip victory thursday folks
What truth? The truth that he would determine his preferred neighbours on their origin? Well, that in itself is enough to qualify him as an ignoramus.
There are some native born and bred Brits I wouldn't want as neighbours but that isn't because they are native born and bred but because they are dysfunctional, anti-social, loud, disruptive despite them being native born and bred.

The fact remains that there are good and bad neighbours every where. It is a personality thing, not an ethnic/cultural origin thing.
[quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrBenggo[/bold] wrote: It's UKIP for me. I agree with Nigel Farage,I wouldn't want a family of Romanians living next door to me;in fact I haven't heard one good thing about them.[/p][/quote]Ignoramus[/p][/quote]please explain to us all then elvis .why is he an ignoramus for stating the truth ? on what basis do you qualify your post (ignoramus) .by the way mr benggo i wholeheartedly agree with you .its a ukip victory thursday folks[/p][/quote]What truth? The truth that he would determine his preferred neighbours on their origin? Well, that in itself is enough to qualify him as an ignoramus. There are some native born and bred Brits I wouldn't want as neighbours but that isn't because they are native born and bred but because they are dysfunctional, anti-social, loud, disruptive despite them being native born and bred. The fact remains that there are good and bad neighbours every where. It is a personality thing, not an ethnic/cultural origin thing. mimseycal
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10:49pm Sun 18 May 14

jimmysmith says...

mimseycal wrote:
jimmysmith wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
MrBenggo wrote:
It's UKIP for me.
I agree with Nigel Farage,I wouldn't want a family of Romanians living next door to me;in fact I haven't heard one good thing about them.
Ignoramus
please explain to us all then elvis .why is he an ignoramus for stating the truth ? on what basis do you qualify your post (ignoramus) .by the way mr benggo i wholeheartedly agree with you .its a ukip victory thursday folks
What truth? The truth that he would determine his preferred neighbours on their origin? Well, that in itself is enough to qualify him as an ignoramus.
There are some native born and bred Brits I wouldn't want as neighbours but that isn't because they are native born and bred but because they are dysfunctional, anti-social, loud, disruptive despite them being native born and bred.

The fact remains that there are good and bad neighbours every where. It is a personality thing, not an ethnic/cultural origin thing.
you might think so .and that makes you an ignoramus as well doesnt it ? for assuming that the majority of us should accept this . i doubt very much if you and clegg would have the same views if a load of them moved in next door to you .would you ? go on now show us all what a liar you are by saying it wouldnt offend you .
[quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrBenggo[/bold] wrote: It's UKIP for me. I agree with Nigel Farage,I wouldn't want a family of Romanians living next door to me;in fact I haven't heard one good thing about them.[/p][/quote]Ignoramus[/p][/quote]please explain to us all then elvis .why is he an ignoramus for stating the truth ? on what basis do you qualify your post (ignoramus) .by the way mr benggo i wholeheartedly agree with you .its a ukip victory thursday folks[/p][/quote]What truth? The truth that he would determine his preferred neighbours on their origin? Well, that in itself is enough to qualify him as an ignoramus. There are some native born and bred Brits I wouldn't want as neighbours but that isn't because they are native born and bred but because they are dysfunctional, anti-social, loud, disruptive despite them being native born and bred. The fact remains that there are good and bad neighbours every where. It is a personality thing, not an ethnic/cultural origin thing.[/p][/quote]you might think so .and that makes you an ignoramus as well doesnt it ? for assuming that the majority of us should accept this . i doubt very much if you and clegg would have the same views if a load of them moved in next door to you .would you ? go on now show us all what a liar you are by saying it wouldnt offend you . jimmysmith
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10:53pm Sun 18 May 14

mimseycal says...

A load of what moved in next door? A load of anti-social, dysfunctional, disruptive and load neighbours? I wouldn't want them next door regardless of where the originate from.
A load of what moved in next door? A load of anti-social, dysfunctional, disruptive and load neighbours? I wouldn't want them next door regardless of where the originate from. mimseycal
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11:11pm Sun 18 May 14

mimseycal says...

mimseycal wrote:
A load of what moved in next door? A load of anti-social, dysfunctional, disruptive and load neighbours? I wouldn't want them next door regardless of where the originate from.
Oops typo ... that should read ... anti-social, dysfunctional, disruptive and loud neighbours ...
[quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: A load of what moved in next door? A load of anti-social, dysfunctional, disruptive and load neighbours? I wouldn't want them next door regardless of where the originate from.[/p][/quote]Oops typo ... that should read ... anti-social, dysfunctional, disruptive and loud neighbours ... mimseycal
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11:37pm Sun 18 May 14

jimmysmith says...

mimseycal wrote:
mimseycal wrote:
A load of what moved in next door? A load of anti-social, dysfunctional, disruptive and load neighbours? I wouldn't want them next door regardless of where the originate from.
Oops typo ... that should read ... anti-social, dysfunctional, disruptive and loud neighbours ...
what an idiot .
[quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: A load of what moved in next door? A load of anti-social, dysfunctional, disruptive and load neighbours? I wouldn't want them next door regardless of where the originate from.[/p][/quote]Oops typo ... that should read ... anti-social, dysfunctional, disruptive and loud neighbours ...[/p][/quote]what an idiot . jimmysmith
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1:11am Mon 19 May 14

mimseycal says...

Why is it idiotish to prefer decent neighbours regardless of their origin to oiks next door just because they are British born?
Why is it idiotish to prefer decent neighbours regardless of their origin to oiks next door just because they are British born? mimseycal
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3:52pm Mon 19 May 14

RealLivin says...

MR Clegg should try living on a council estate instead of his posh house, its bad enough when we have some lazy bum who doesnt look after their garden/house, lets their kids and dogs run riot and generally disturbs the whole neighborhood, but when it an immigrant with no English language skills, turns his house into a open house for any of his own nationality in the area, moving in a farmstead of animals because thats what they do in their country and you cant do a **** thing because now hes an immigrant its racist to mention it this issues, next stepp is sell up but wit your property value is now so low you loose out and the only people who would move in are his mates from the home land.
MR Clegg should try living on a council estate instead of his posh house, its bad enough when we have some lazy bum who doesnt look after their garden/house, lets their kids and dogs run riot and generally disturbs the whole neighborhood, but when it an immigrant with no English language skills, turns his house into a open house for any of his own nationality in the area, moving in a farmstead of animals because thats what they do in their country and you cant do a **** thing because now hes an immigrant its racist to mention it this issues, next stepp is sell up but wit your property value is now so low you loose out and the only people who would move in are his mates from the home land. RealLivin
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10:21am Tue 20 May 14

jimmysmith says...

RealLivin wrote:
MR Clegg should try living on a council estate instead of his posh house, its bad enough when we have some lazy bum who doesnt look after their garden/house, lets their kids and dogs run riot and generally disturbs the whole neighborhood, but when it an immigrant with no English language skills, turns his house into a open house for any of his own nationality in the area, moving in a farmstead of animals because thats what they do in their country and you cant do a **** thing because now hes an immigrant its racist to mention it this issues, next stepp is sell up but wit your property value is now so low you loose out and the only people who would move in are his mates from the home land.
excellent post .and so true about any of us mentioning our dislike of this being forced upon us .we are then labelled racists .our town centers are fast becoming drinking dens and ghettos for eastern europeans .and these brain dead politicians constantly bleat on about mostly through the treacherous BBC about how beneficial these people are to this country .can some one please enlighten me as to how and where these people are a benefit to this country. Because of successive governments we are fast losing our identity in this country .we are a cash cow to the eu .and the only hope we the common people have is to vote ukip
[quote][p][bold]RealLivin[/bold] wrote: MR Clegg should try living on a council estate instead of his posh house, its bad enough when we have some lazy bum who doesnt look after their garden/house, lets their kids and dogs run riot and generally disturbs the whole neighborhood, but when it an immigrant with no English language skills, turns his house into a open house for any of his own nationality in the area, moving in a farmstead of animals because thats what they do in their country and you cant do a **** thing because now hes an immigrant its racist to mention it this issues, next stepp is sell up but wit your property value is now so low you loose out and the only people who would move in are his mates from the home land.[/p][/quote]excellent post .and so true about any of us mentioning our dislike of this being forced upon us .we are then labelled racists .our town centers are fast becoming drinking dens and ghettos for eastern europeans .and these brain dead politicians constantly bleat on about mostly through the treacherous BBC about how beneficial these people are to this country .can some one please enlighten me as to how and where these people are a benefit to this country. Because of successive governments we are fast losing our identity in this country .we are a cash cow to the eu .and the only hope we the common people have is to vote ukip jimmysmith
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