British leader rates happiness at '6 out of 10': BBC

9th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron Tuesday rated his happiness at "six out of 10" and claimed he was "incredibly lucky" despite a torrid few weeks.

The leader faced questions over Britain's response to the ongoing Libya crisis and over the country's recent raft of public spending cuts on BBC's prime-time "The One Show".

"I am not going to hide it from people: this is going to be a tough and difficult year," warned the prime minister.

"I understand it is the cost of living that is hurting people right now. We have got to try to help," he added.

When asked how happy he was, the leader said "six", but admitted it was down to four on Monday when the government was being widely ridiculed for a botched attempt to contact rebel leaders in Libya.

The mission ended in a humbling retreat after the rebels, who are fighting Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, detained the team of intelligence officers and special forces troops.

The Conservative party leader said he was "incredibly lucky to have this is an extraordinary opportunity."

Responding to questions over Libya, Cameron said he had spoken with US President Barack Obama "this afternoon to talk about the planning we have to do in case this continues and in case (Kadhafi) does terrible things to his own people.

"I don't think we can stand aside and let that happen, we have got to prepare for what we might have to do if he goes on brutalising his own people," he added.

On a lighter note, Cameron said he would let his wife, Samantha, pick a gift for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29.

"She is quite good at shopping," the prime minister reasoned. "She is the organised one and I think I'll leave that to her."

© 2011 AFP

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