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Nick Clegg notes Section 28 in denial of David Cameron’s claim that ‘we are all Thatcherites now’

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  1. Judging by how many old Tory bigots opposed equal marriage, I think Cameron is closer to the truth than Clegg …..

  2. Aside from Section 28, Thatcher’s economic policies ultimately account for the mess we’re in today.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Apr 2013, 5:00pm

    She was definitely wrong on Section 28. She should have conceded that before ill health disabled her. I respect Cameron for admitting it was wrong in 2009, but this is something that should be kept on the front burner every time the Tory party ties to portray itself as more progressive than it really is, especially since more Tories voted against equal marriage, probably all Thatcherites, young and old. That Cameron recently appointed a Thatcherite Lynton Crosby, fiercely opposed to equal marriage, is proof that it’s still the same nasty party in spite of it. You would think he would have learned from the past mistakes of his party. To appoint Crobsy was an extremely foolish and reckless thing to do.

  4. “Tory Boy Lite” Clegg is just trying to put some clear water between him and the nazty Toxic Tories before the local elections.
    Cynical ploy ; lied about student grants and supporting in the disintegration of the NHS . Your screwed mate!
    …..and not in a nice way I may add!!

  5. Thatcher was absolutely responsible for the financial mess we are in today her and Reagan, the loosening of the financial regulations and the tax breaks for the rich caused the problems. Not to mention the deregulation of public resources, the poll tax, section 28, the deaths of the men on the General Belgrano, the list goes on. there was nothing good about Thatcherism.

  6. ColinJones 18 Apr 2013, 5:39pm

    Cameron would say we’re all Thatcherites now in order to justify that vile woman’s economic policies but we are not all consumed with greed and selfishness.The international credit crunch is down to her deregulation of the banks and that policy is her real legacy whatever her fawning supporters think.

  7. its all in the words that he says…“I think in a way we are all Thatcherites now,” he said. In a way, slim, or more, he is right and Clegg is incorrect….We see it in other nations of the commonwealth, some of which are still not matured beyond it yet, but the seeds of change are in the wind, and change is good.

    1. That There Other David 18 Apr 2013, 6:41pm

      Thatcherites are the worst creed amongst the Tories. They lack empathy, they put money above everything, and they’d happily stab their best friend in the back in order to further themselves. Cameron might as well have said we’re all bling culture gangsta rappers carrying knives. Those two groups are much closer in their attitudes than to me.

  8. Nick who?

  9. The only words I’m interested in hearing Nick Clegg say are, “I resign”

  10. The commenters on this site have a very strange attitude towards someone who has consistently supported LGBT equality. I can understand some criticism for Nick Clegg in other policy areas, but for all the hate on here for him speaking out against horrible stuff like Section 28 just seems bizarre!

    David Cameron seems to get more praise on this site! It seems like people on here are quick to praise past homophobes for changing their attitude on gay rights, whilst hating on consistently supportive people and parties!

    1. Maybe some of the commenters here are not interested in letting their sexuality define them, to the extent that they can only see the world through a pair of rainbow coloured glasses.

      For example I wouldn’t vote for the conservatives, even though the government they’re in is about to legalise gay marriage, because most of their other policies are terrible and they are further destroying the already fragile economy.

      I have more respect for David Cameron, even though I’m not a Conservative supporter, at least he’s honest about what he is, Nick Clegg is a Tory who wears a yellow tie.

      “I can understand some criticism for Nick Clegg in other policy areas”

      Clearly you can’t.

  11. Section 28 was sheer evil.

    Let’s not forget that.

    And let’s not forget that in 2013 a majority of Tory MP’s still believe we are 2nd class citizens.

  12. Paul (Canada) 20 Apr 2013, 5:05pm

    Thatcher couldn’t have been more wrong. There is a society and it directly affects how people behave in it. If you want to cure people’s problems, you’ve got to fix society first.

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