Apparently Nick Clegg and David Cameron are to hold a joint event, dubbed "Rose Garden 2", to show that the collation (oops, "coalition" - see comment) partners are determined to stick together, united by the "glue" of taking tough decisions to rescue the economy.
This is about the last thing Liberal Democrats need, and one wonders what on earth Nick Clegg and his advisers are thinking about. The "tough decisions" policy, in other words public expenditure cuts, has been opposed by we so called "Social Liberals" from the beginning and, after two years the failure of the austerity approach which we predicted is now amply evident, as we endure the "double dip" recession and unemployment is now predicted to reach 3 million by the end of the year. Those who claim that the policy is on course for success are as Panglossian as the famous Comical Ali, the Iraqi Minister of Information, who resolutely proclaimed massive glorious Iraqi victories against a background of American gunfire as they approached the gates of Baghdad.
After Thursday's humiliating but not unexpected defeats, Clegg needs to distance us as far as possible from the destructive Tory economic policy, and repeat and repeat and repeat that they have 306 MPs and we have only 57. So we can't stop them from implementing their principal ideology, all we can do is ameliorate it and introduce some of our own priorities such as the pupil premium, raising of the income tax threshold, and long-overdue constitutional.reform