He's rooted

Any politician who admits to crying while listening to music is rooted.

Remember last spring? In one television debate performance, Nick Clegg, leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats became an instant star, and his party soared in the polls and then took part in government for the first time in decades. A year later, he has been?reduced to?this:

Even Mrs Khan described the interview as ?excruciating,? adding that Mr Clegg ?looks very, very sad,? and was: ?Pale-faced, pale-eyed and so tired he appears taxidermied.?

Mr Clegg has been a focus of public anger since his party?s U-turn over student tuition fees, with protesters creating effigies of him, and dog excrement posted through his letterbox. Asked by Mrs Khan whether he found this upsetting, he said: “Well look, I’m a human being, I’m not a punch bag ? I’ve of course got feelings.”

Discussing the effect on his family, he went on: “What I am doing in my work impacts on them emotionally, because my nine-year-old is starting to sense things and I’m having to explain things. ?Like he asks, ‘Why are the students angry with you, Papa?'” To get over his ?misery? at failing to get the balance between his work and family life right, which he told Mrs Khan left him unable to do his job properly, he said that he went home at night to read novels. He added that he ?cries regularly to music?.