During his weekly phone-in call on LBC 97.3, Clegg said that while he’s “not a regular reader” the paper was “overflowing with bile” and that it “excels in denigrating and often vilifying a lot about modern Britain.”
Here’s what he said in full:
“When I heard the Daily Mail accusing someone of saying that they didn’t like Britain… I’m not a regular reader of this newspaper but every time I do open it, it just seems to be overflowing with bile about modern Britain.
“They don’t like working mothers, they don’t like the BBC, they don’t like members of the royal family, they don’t like teachers, they don’t like the English football team - the list goes on. Talk about kettles and pots.
“I think it was quite understandable that Ed Miliband should react like that because clearly what they had to say about his dad was just out of order. The Daily Mail is free to print what it likes, people like me are perfectly free to say that it’s wrong.
“It seems to me that if anyone excels in denigrating and often vilifying a lot about modern Britain, it’s the Daily Mail.”