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Nick Clegg at the UN

Britain's uncomfortable question

By Jay Elwes  

The Prime Minister will be deep in preparation for the Conservative party conference, which starts on Sunday. After Labour’s strong showing, he has some work to do.

For that reason not he but Nick Clegg spoke before the UN General Assembly in New York today. Addressing the chamber Clegg—perhaps having dipped into Karl Popper during his flight—stressed the “remarkable resilience of open societies and the acute need for international cooperation in today’s world.”

He reflected on the Arab Spring, setting out how in Libya and across the Middle East the west had helped to provide “the nuts and bolts of…

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