Daily Archives: July 22, 2010

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg

Ouch. After suffering a string of negative headlines for his performance at prime minister’s questions yesterday, Nick Clegg faced another rebuke today from the speaker for calling the Iraq invasion illegal – a personal view but not government policy. John Bercow said:

Ministers are responsible for what they say in the Chamber and it is assumed they will speak on behalf of the government.

But Clegg will have been relieved to hear Bercow’s response to an enterprising Labour backbencher calling for an apology:

He is pushing his luck. I have ruled on this matter and I have nothing further to say.

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Split Afghanistan and give the South to the Taliban — Robert Blackwill/FT
Cameron bangs trade drum as Simon Fraser appointed to FCO — FT
Bank predicts higher inflation and lower growth — Independent
Chill wind hits the Miliband household — Times
Ed Miliband will never leave the party behind — Phil Collins/Times
Swedish schools: expensive, divisive, but better results — The Guardian
Obama must envy Cameron’s grip on power — Garton Ash/Guardian
Ken Clarke prison reforms were inspired by Churchill – Independent