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Nick Clegg: Rob Wilson is as good a wingman as Icarus was

11 February 2014

That Danny Alexander struggles with appearing to have gone native in the Treasury has been well known in Westminster for a long time. He gets on well with George Osborne on a personal level, and I reported in December that he’d been rebuked for accidentally using the Tory term ‘global race’. Today Nick Clegg was asked about some rather amusing quotes by George Osborne’s PPS Rob Wilson (who described himself as the Chancellor’s ‘wingman’ in an event with party members last night) that the Deputy Prime Minister himself thinks that Alexander has gone native. The Huffington post has the full report here but here’s the key quote:

‘I think Nick Clegg complains quite often that Danny Alexander has gone native in the Treasury. I think there is some truth in the fact he has gone native in the Treasury. The relationship is very good within the Treasury team.’

So today at Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions, Clegg decided to lay into Wilson for his ‘wingman’ comments (as Bob Russell shouted that he thought the Chief Secretary might be ‘going naked’ instead). He said:

‘Mr Speaker, I have just seen these quotes from the honourable member, I’m not sure if he’s here, who claims that he’s extremely close to the Chancellor, knows his mind, that he is the Chancellor’s “wingman”. Well, he’s as good a wingman as Icarus was in flying off on his own wings, judging by his comments. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury is doing an outstanding job on behalf of the government and on behalf of the Liberal Democrats. Only last week he was saying that further cuts for the very wealthiest in society will happen over his dead. That, and in so many other examples shows that his heart, his Liberal Democrat heart is exactly where it should be.’

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  • saffrin

    Cleggies jealous.
    What cracks me up is Clegg’s planning on standing at the next General Election.

  • Smithersjones2013

    That, and in so many other examples shows that his heart, his Liberal Democrat heart is exactly where it should be.’

    And with a bit of luck come 2015 the SNP will serve it up with some fava beans and a nice Chianti f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f (politically speaking that is)

  • CharlietheChump

    Going naked is definitely the LibDem way

  • Mynydd

    Yet again another example of the government fighting among themselves rather fighting the problems the country face. I am sure it will make the day for the people in the Somerset Levels to know that Danny Alexander has gone native in the Treasury.

    • Nicholas chuzzlewit

      Yet another example of ill considered tripe on behalf of the Labour Party.

      • DWWolds

        We seem to have a succession of them. One comes along and spouts what you, correctly, describe as “ill considered tripe” for a while. Then that one disappears and another one comes along. In the end though each of them is as blinkered as the other.

        • Chris lancashire

          Do they work a shift system or are all Labour HQ new recruits required to do a stint on here?

          • DWWolds


          • Nicholas chuzzlewit

            That is a good theory. Hone your ‘idiocy’ skills at the Spectator before moving on to the Telegraph and so on.

      • Mynydd

        If your home was under a foot of water would knowing Danny Alexander has gone native at the Treasury help you lower the water level.

        • Nicholas chuzzlewit

          Unlike Labour trolls like you, I don’t waste my time putting faith in politicians of any stripe so the meanderings of Danny Alexander are an irrelevance. In any event, that would be the Treasury wrestling with Gordon Scum Brown’s structural deficit.

    • Fergus Pickering

      How many people are there in the Somerset levels? We always see the same ones.

    • HookesLaw

      Its a coalition dumbo. But if the LDs cannot see that its in their interest to see that there needs to be financial restraint then thats their problem.

  • Frank

    Clegg is so amazingly wet, if not camp. Very strange.

    • Doggie Roussel

      Cleggy is a trifle moist… clammy even… however he’s showing scant concern for all those yellow/orange voters in the Somerset Levels…. Mr ‘Thirty Odd’ will have to ask his Hispanic Frau, Rosita Klebb, for instructions, as she appears to be dominatrix in the Cleggy household.

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