Ed Vaizey has written an interesting piece for The Guardian today. For the first time a leading Cameroon makes a direct overture to the LibDems about a possible coalition.
Secondly, and far more important, the elections show that the Liberal Democrats made a huge error in choosing Menzies Campbell as their leader. He will not take them through the glass ceiling. They have stalled. Their most talented MPs - David Laws, Nick Clegg, Vincent Cable, Jeremy Browne, and others - must now think seriously about which direction the party should go in. It is time they sat down and looked at the refreshed Conservatives, and decided whether, in the run up to the next election, they position themselves as the guarantors of a discredited Labour government, or part of a coalition to renew British politics.
He's right. it's a stark choice the LibDems will face. Ming Campbell has made it clear he would only engage in discussions with either Party AFTER a General Election. But I suspect some of his younger Turks may well want to nail their colours to the mast earlier. Ming's nightmare is that some will want to go one way and some will go another. What do LibDem readers think of the likelihood or desirability of a Tory/LibDem coalition after the election? I would rather stick needles in my eyes, personally, but I do recognise that with the electoral system stacked against an overwhelming Tory majority, it is something both LibDems and Conservatives are going to have to think about.