Dermot: Okay listen. Just to give people at home who are first time voters this election round, er sort of a taste of where you come from. What about you, you were a first time voter in '87. what inspired you? Presumably you voted Liberal in '87?
Clegg: Yeah I've always - I'm just trying to think um.
Dermot: Just clear that up, you have always voted Liberal?
Clegg: I've always voted Liberal, absolutely. Um.
Dermot: What was it in '87 that inspired you to vote?
Clegg: Well you’ve got to remember I was at university then and it was very much sort of the height of the Thatcher revolution and I - god I don't remember that much. Um but about my student days but I do remember, like a lot of people my generation. I'm 43. that this whole vision that Thatcher had at the time, the Conservative Party had at the time, of you know there's no such thing as society, it was dog eat dog......I found that very kind of very off putting indeed. I also found the whole, this whole stuff about you know let's pull up the drawbridge, turn our back on the outside world. That didn’t appeal to me at all, so I was very naturally drawn to the Lib Dems.
Sounds to me as if Mr Clegg voted for La Thatch in 1987. Bet that will go down well with the sandal wearing tendency in the LibDems.
Hattip to Paul Waugh