Having been caught out spending £9,000 to hire crowds, Nick Clegg is is in something of a quandary now his audiences are filled with gloomy Liberal Democrat activists.* According to Sky News’ Catherine Jacobs, one of Clegg’s officials was overheard telling those arriving for his speech in Leeds today:

“Look happy and smile at everything he says.”

But perhaps a bit of mood music could cheer the faithful up?

The R.E.M. song Shiny Happy People is reputed to be about anti-depressants.

*Yes, we know this was a pro-AV event. But do you really think Labour activists will be out in force to hear a Clegg keynote?

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