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The Tory video that Clegg attacked

Did you spot Nick Clegg’s attack on the “Hung Parliament Party” broadcast?

By George Eaton

Nick Clegg made few references to the Conservatives in his speech yesterday, other than to praise David Cameron for helping to build a “new kind of politics”.

But there was also a little-noticed dig at the Tories’ election campaign. While discussing the “new politics”, Clegg declared:

Never again will anyone be able to frighten the voters by claiming that coalition government doesn’t work.

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That was a thinly veiled attack on the Tories’ cynical “Hung Parliament Party” broadcast, which warned that a coalition would lead to “behind-closed-doors politics”, “indecision and weak government” and “a paralysed economy”.

For Clegg’s sake, perhaps it’s just as well that most of the speech could have come from any Cameron address.

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