Sarah Teather, one of the best and straightest of the Lib Dem MPs, has had enough. I’m not surprised. I’m sure the strains of coalition are intrinsically wearing, but it’s hard to buy Clegg’s line that this has worked in the country’s interests. I’m far more persuaded by her angle, that too many important principles have been sacrificed (specifically on immigration and welfare) and that a line has to be drawn.
Alistair Campbell, typically, is harder to convince: “A looming lost seat dressed up as look-at-me ‘principles’.” Why am I not surprised that he puts principles in inverted commas, as though they didn’t exist?