A few right wing blogs I regularly read have opportunistically used a few candid quotes from Nick Clegg's interview above to character assassinate him. 

I think this is unfair because if you read the interview in it's entity (which I suspect they have not done), he comes across as a pretty decent guy.

I prefer Clegg as deputy PM to when he was in opposition (contrary to most people I suspect). The same applies for Obama.  The lofty ideals they once preached don't seem to survive the transition to office where they become rational centralists.