'For Clegg to Call Us the Backbone of Britain Is Simply Patronising Spin' Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Yesterday Pledged to Stand Up for "Alarm Clock Britain" - the People, He Said, Will Put the Country Back on Its Feet. the Western Mail's Sion Morgan Went in Search of the Hard-Working People Who Make Wales Tick and Asked What They Thought of the Lib Dem Leader's Promise
Byline: Sion Morgan
Calvin Thomas, 26, an English teacher, who lives in Swansea and teaches at Cynffig Comprehensive, Bridgend. What time do you set your alarm clock? 6am On Mr Clegg's comments? "The coalition government have emphasised the need to stamp out the benefits culture and now they claim to be hitting the high earners. But offering us in the middle an income tax decrease is a nonsense.
"To call us the backbone of Britain is simply patronising spin. We don't need motivational speeches, what we need is for people like Mr Clegg to stop talking and start acting on his promises."
On government policy? "The cost of living continues to rise in almost every single way, and I think the majority of people have accepted that these are unprecedented times and cuts had to be made.
"But he is making us out as some sort of hero when, in reality, what other choice do we have?" On bankers' bonuses? "They keep coming out with these statements which suggest they are onside with the average earner but the truth is they have failed to stop the bankers being paid huge bonuses again and they know that the rest of us will just have to get on with it."
Gwen Sin, 33, runs the North Wales office of Cambrensis Communications in Caernarfon What time do you set your alarm clock? I don't need to, I have an 18-month-old daughter.
On Mr Clegg's comments? "I don't think anyone who's trying to raise a young family in the current economic climate needs to be reminded of how hard they're working. …