Nick Clegg, David Cameron and George Osborne
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What do Henry IV and David Cameron have in common?

BBC Newsnight's Stephen Smith explores the idea of leadership, and asks what kind of person would want to be put at the mercy of other people's whims and appetites.

He speaks to Professor Jonathan Bate and Sir Richard Eyre, who discuss the impact Shakespeare's plays have had on today's leaders.

Histrorian Dominic Sandbrook also explains how the public's perception of leadership has changed over the years.

Newsnight is broadcast on Monday 28 May at 22:30 on BBC Two.

  • 28 May 2012