Always the bridesmaid?

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Interesting to see The Times writing about secret talks between Gordon Brown and Vince Cable. The two are old compatriots, so it is hardly surprising.

What’s good news is that this is the first story in a while to imply a secret plot to form a coalition with Labour. Over the past six months, every paper going appears to have been implying a secret plot to form a coalition with the Conservatives, so it’s nice to see a bit of balance.

What’s bad news is that it suggests we are always a bridesmaid, never a bride. I’ve said before that I think that for strategic reasons, a Grand Coalition between Labour and the Conservatives is more likely than a Lib Dem partnership with either, and the media need to start realising that rather than simply seeing us as a “get out of jail free card” for either party in the likely event that the next parliament will be hung.

We may have looked as if we were performing ritual hari kiri over the past month, but we aren’t totally suicidal.

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