So Cleggy boy meets Brown, while carefully not having a face to face with Cameron. Not bad. Obviously, heâ€™s not so lost in the creamy embrace of the Cameron-media complex to exclude a bidding war.
Hereâ€™s a scenario, based on
i) final abandonment of the idea that anyone is â€œacting on principleâ€
ii) not getting electoral reform is suicidal for the Lib Dems
Absolutely desperate for some kind of deal to reverse Cleggâ€™s apparently irresistible drift towards the Tories, Brown offers proportional representation without a referendum, to take place at the next election, whenever that is.
Clegg takes the deal, and immediately precipitates an election. Labour duly get hammered. So do the LDâ€™s. But they still come out ahead in seats because their votes are now proportionate.
Clegg goes into coalition with the Tories.
Woe, beating of breasts, laments for the progressive coalition, etc, etc.
As I say, just a thought. Itâ€™s probably more likely that heâ€™s stringing Brown along to get more out of the Tories.