Truth of their relationship lies beneath all the AV histrionics

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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.