For the second Sunday in a row, I got up to see Nick Clegg on the Andrew Marr Show.
I think Liberal Democrats have been in shock this weekend, trying to make sense of the shenanigans of the Brussels summit which have left us, at least temporarily, isolated in Europe.
On Friday, I just threw myself into frenzied spate of cleaning, tackling both behind the sofa and the rabbit hutch on the same day, simply as displacement activity so I didn’t have to think of the ramifications of it all because I was so upset by it.
By yesterday, every time I thought of David Cameron, I couldn’t get rid of the thought of him in his jammies singing “All by myself” like Bridget Jones does. And, frankly, Bridget doesn’t quite think that being all by herself is quite how she wants to spend her life.
I didn’t expect Nick to come out with all guns blazing and call Cameron for everything. It’s just not his way. His focus will have been on how to retrieve the situation – and if he wants Cameron to listen to him, he has to moderate his language. I tweeted my way through the live broadcast, and the results are below, but the main points are:
- what happened on Friday is bad for Britain
- what David Cameron was asking for was modest and reasonable
- Britain’s standing in the world depends on us being seen as a leader within the EU
- there is no case for a referendum on Europe
- we must take opportunities to exert UK influence in coming months
- “I will fight for UK long term interests so jobs and growth not threatened”
Eurosceptics are spectacularly misguided. Nothing bulldog about Britain hovering in mid Atlantic, isolated and not taken seriously