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Clegg’s Call-In: Good for Politics

7 Jan

I like Nick Clegg’s plan to go on LBC 97.3 for a weekly half hour call-in to “keep in touch” with the voters. Unfashionable though it is to praise Clegg for anything, I think it’s a good thing for senior politicians and people to have conversations as much as possible. I’m sure Clegg is doing it to improve his image but I don’t mind too much if it improves his understanding of life outside Westminster and helps listeners to buy into the importance of representative politics.

The Evening Standard has a quote from a Lib-Dem saying it’s “desperate to commit so much time to this.” On the contrary, improving communication between politicians and people is one of the most pressing challenges facing British politics so it’s a very effective use of his time.

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