True colours? Nick Clegg in blue paint attack
Nick Clegg, whose party colours are usually a bright shade of yellow, was looking distinctly blue yesterday as he met party activists for a question-and-answer session in Glasgow. Police said that a 20-year-old man had been arrested after blue paint was thrown at the Deputy Prime Minister.
Two men are understood to have entered the closed meeting and one of them threw paint, most of which hit Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Mr Rennie said: "It was two disgruntled individuals, who chose not to speak about their concerns in advance but were purely interested in doing a stunt.
"Their behaviour has only obscured any message that they may have had. I've always wanted a blue streak in my hair but my mother wouldn't let me."
Mr Clegg, who was left with traces of paint on his face and clothes, also made light of the incident. He told Scotland's Real Radio: "These things happen. It's not a big deal."
Mr Clegg carried on with his political engagements after the incident. The practice of throwing eggs, paints or other harmless missiles at public figures is popular with a certain kind of protester – though the effect is often to rouse public sympathy for the victim.
Rupert Murdoch had a foam pie shoved in his face while he was giving evidence to the House of Commons Culture and Media Committee earlier this year.
In general, the reaction of those who saw the televised incident was to empathise with the media mogul's wife, Wendi Deng, who delivered a resounding slap to her husband's assailant, Jonnie Marbles.
When Peter Mandelson was Business Secretary, two years ago, he had green custard thrown over him by a protester, Leila Deen, who was from the Plane Stupid group, as he arrived at the launch of a low-carbon summit.
In 2004, a member of the Fathers-4-Justice protest group got into the public gallery in the Commons during Prime Minister's Questions and then threw some purple powder, which hit Tony Blair.
- 1 David Cameron refers to 83-year-old Labour MP Dennis Skinner as 'Jurassic Park'
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 Optical illusion turns blue demon into brunette
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will donate entire $32bn fortune to charity
Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will donate entire $32bn fortune to charity
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Greece debt crisis: Country on course to hold EU referendum as eurozone leaders reject new bailout request
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Tunisia beach attack: How can British Muslims respond to the latest outrages?
£12000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity has arisen for o...
£35000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This industry leader provides c...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Project Coordinator is requir...
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...