An aptly named Mr Bone MP tried to prevent Nick Clegg's giving a different view to that of the Prime Minister on the Leveson Report, calling it "something that has never happened before in parliamentary history." Actually he was wrong: it happened in an earlier coalition in 1932, but even had it been true I'm sure the public is far more interested in politicians giving their honest views than they are of breaches in arcane parliamentary traditions.
Nick's response shows that he is beginning to learn from his earlier mistakes:
"(Mr Bone) still struggles to get coalition . . . .we have a government of two parties that must compromise. That is different to one party governments. It might lead to anomalies, glitches and innovations in this venerable place that he finds unwelcome. I suspect it will be repeated a lot in the future."
That's a far cry from the rose-garden love in. You've been a slow learner, Nick, but now let's hear the distinctive Liberal Democrat voice on the disastrous economic policy and the shameful cuts in welfare taking place, embarrassingly on the 70th Anniversary of the publication of Beveridge Report.
Another thing I, and I expect the bulk of the public, fail to understand is why the government should spend £5 million or more on an enquiry that they themselves set up and then reject its central finding. Time and again the press barons have promised to regulate themselves more effectively and each time self-regulation failed. The right-wing papers are screaming that they must remain unfettered in order to be defenders of the freedom of speech. What they are really defending is their ability to pry into people's private affairs in order to make money out of any salacious gossip they can find. Legal underpinning of sanctions is necessary to haul them into line.