One particular thing stood out for me during Cameron’s statement to the House of Commons today was how thoroughly pained Nick Clegg looked throughout the proceedings.
Gone was the grinning ‘nodding dog’ who used to lap up every Cameron wisecrack. No, as his leader stumbled his way through his valedictory, trying desperately to appear apologetic without actually saying sorry, his Deputy most certainly looked like he wanted to give the impression that the whole proceedings were ‘nothin’ to do with me, guv’.
Of course, it may be that he has decided that if the Lib Dems keep their heads down and their leader keeps his mouth firmly shut, the electorate may forget they were ever there. It is notable that although the whole News International/police/politician scandal has not reflected well on the two main partners, the Lib Dems have snuck up a couple of points in the opinion polls.
Alternatively, of course, Clegg may know more than he is letting on, and is anxious not to be associated with any of the fallout that may follow if this whole mess ends up on the front doorstep of No.10 Downing Street.