Nick Clegg has issued an angry rebuke to the "nasty" political atmosphere of Brexit Britain. In an interview for VICE, he called out Prime Minister Theresa May for her lack of compassion for foreign people living in the UK, and high profile Tories Michael Gove and Daniel Hannan for "put[ting] on their bovver boots to kick the shit out of" the governor of the Bank of England.
"It's really important we don't take this lying down," he warns, saying:
"We live in a country now where really angry people like Paul Dacre [editor] of the Daily Mail are holding sway – where Theresa May, the Prime Minister of our country – thinks it's OK to get up at her party conference and dismiss millions of people who think that to be human is also to feel an affinity and compassion for and sympathy with people who live in other countries, dismissing them as 'citizens of nowhere'."
In her speech at the Conservative Party conference in October, May said, "If you're a citizen of the world, you're a citizen of nowhere." It was a controversial sound-bite in a conference that saw accusations of an increase in racist rhetoric.
"This is a place where the Daniel Hannans and Michael Goves of this world put on their bovver boots and kick the shit out of someone who's just trying to do his job as governor of our central bank and keep things on an even keel."
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has been criticised by Brexiteers for his gloomy forecasts after Brexit. Eurosceptic Tory MEP Daniel Hannan has accused him of acting like a "rock-star" banker, while Michael Gove has claimed that criticising Carney has become a "thought crime".
"There's a really nasty air out there. We must not accept it, not be intimidated by it and call it out for what it is – what else can we do?" asks Clegg.