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Pillars of UK System Are Tumbling

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TEHRAN, July 14 (ICANA) – The UK Deputy Premier has foreseen a bleak future for his country in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, warning “the pillars of the establishment are tumbling”.
Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:27:44 PM
Pillars of UK System Are Tumbling

“The pillars of the British establishment are tumbling one after the other”, warns Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

In an interview with the daily The Independent, Nick Clegg outlines the challenges his country is grappling with including, he says, News International at Wapping (the Rupert Murdoch media empire's phone hacking scandal); the banks in the City (the financial crisis); Parliament (MPs expenses' scandal); and nearby Scotland Yard (again phone hacking scandal).

However, the deputy premier describes the crisis enveloping the Murdoch empire as an opportunity for the Liberal Democratic party he is leading.

“You have politicians falling to their knees ingratiating themselves with media moguls. You have too many vested interests tied up with each other. You have a culture of arrogance and impunity", says Nick Clegg.

The Liberal Democrats have never wooed or been wooed by the media moguls. Unlike David Cameron, the Prime Minister, and Ed Miliband, the Labour party chief, Clegg did not attend Rupert Murdoch's annual summer party in London last month.

Clegg was quick out of the traps last week, when he pressed David Cameron successfully for the public inquiry covering the police and the press over their conduct as far as the phone hacking scandal was concerned.

The Deputy Prime Minister also conceded that the Liberal Democrats have taken the hit for the Coalition's unpopular policies.

"Cutting public spending is something you expect from Conservative governments... There is no doubt that embarking on such a painful deficit-reduction plan was always going to be politically controversial for a party such as the Liberal Democrats", he said.

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