We all get the narrative. After a year of demonstrating that the Liberal Democrats can work with the Conservatives in government - an operation which seems to have gone a little too smoothly - the Lib Dems have fallen out over the AV referendum campaign. That battering in this month's elections has underlined the need for a change. And so Nick Clegg has promised one: a more "muscular" kind of liberalism, where the Lib Dems push their weight around more. This is a new 'phase' of the coalition. No more Mr Nice Clegg.
The most senior members of the party who are not actually involved in the government will have a key role to play. These are the party's middle-ranking MPs, who last year were tasked with presiding over backbench policy committees covering the breadth of government activity. After delays in setting the structures up, the co-chairs spent months trying to work out what their jobs actually were.
These teething problems have mostly been resolved. Question-marks remain about howRead More »from Why Lib Dems won’t be bolshy