Thursday, 3 April 2014

Clegg: "Utterly Grotesque" That Farage Admires Putin

Speaking at his monthly press conference earlier today, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg said:

"I just think it is utterly grotesque that Nigel Farage apparently admires - and that was the question to him, 'Who do you admire?' - admires someone, Vladimir Putin, who has been the chief sponsor and protector of one of the most brutal dictators on the face of the planet, President Assad, who has blocked at every single turn in the United Nations any attempt by the international community to work in concert to help the many, many millions of people who have been driven from their homes and have been brutalised, and have been tortured and have been killed.

"And to then express his admiration by saying that he thinks that Vladimir Putin has played it all as if it's a game. This isn't a game.

"This is thousands upon thousands of people being killed and brutalised and murdered and chased from their homes who we are now taking into our country.

"Women and children who have been sexually abused, who have been physically abused, and we are thankfully acting in a generous-hearted way to provide them refuge.

"And he admires the man who has allowed, more than almost any other world leaders, that to happen?

"I just think if your hatred of all things to do with the European Union leads to such a morally perverse conclusion - that you admire the one leader in the world who could have reined in President Assad - it really shows quite how extreme his views have become."