I reckon all this Alliance kerfuffle over the AV debate is a double bluff.
Nick Clegg is gravely mistrusted by increasing numbers of his Lib-Dem parliamentary party – so what better way to ease their fears than by indulging in a bout of shadow boxing with David Cameron?
Cameron is already regarded as a lost leader by the right-wing hawks among his back-benchers – so what better way to re-establish some true blue credentials than by appearing to slap down his deputy prime minister on a matter of relative unimportance?
The message both men wish to convey to their respective parties is ‘we’re alliance partners, not political soul-mates’. But the truth of their relationship lies beneath the AV histrionics.