Simply known as Margaret Thatcher’s House, the former prime minister’s childhood home above her father’s grocery shop in Grantham, Lincolnshire has been preserved as a museum since November 1990 with many visitors left hushed and awed by its unique atmosphere of ruthlessness and scorn. Nick Clegg and his entourage spent over an hour touring it before he wrote “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Maggie was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Clegger” in the visitors book.
Though the arguably misguided and egocentric comment was played down by Margaret Thatcher’s House who in an official statement said of Nick Clegg, ‘He’s forty-six, it’s a strange life he’s living, it wasn’t very sensible but he didn’t mean bad’ people took to social media outlets online in their thousands to express their offence and outrage at the idea that Mrs Thatcher would ever have been a “Clegger” as Nick Clegg’s most ardent fans dub themselves.
Cleggers are known for their uncritical adoration of the object of their desire, their fanatical belief in the viability of proportional representation as the system of voting in the UK and Northern Ireland plus their limitless enthusiasm for university tuition fees.
As Nick Clegg was derided as a ‘cock-weasel’ and a ‘shivery piss’ across the world, Cleggers quickly rose up to defend their idol with @DannyAlexander tweeting “Leave The Cleggs alone! U R all h8ers cos he’s Deputy PM and well lush.” Another Clegger, Vince Cable, expressed his outrage via a Facebook status update writing, “Oh my God, everyone’s having a go at The Cleggs if only they knew how beautiful he was on the inside like I do then they wouldn’t be hating on him.”
Surprisingly David Cameron with whom Nick Clegg had his biggest hit, the 2010 summer anthem ‘Love in the Rose Garden’, has remained silent fuelling speculation about a rift between the former best friends. With rumours claiming that Cameron is planning on going solo sometime in 2015 gaining more and more traction.