Don't like to say I told you so, but Nick Clegg says The party with most votes and seats has a right to govern. That is The Conservative Party. He is right in so much that a coalition with Labour, as Brown is seeking, would be unacceptable to the majority of people in England and the press there. But if Cameron has a right to govern England for that reason, it follows that he has no right to rule in Scotland, something that has never crossed Clegg's mind. As I said in my last post, Scotland is completely without a voice within the UK Union now.
I notice Clegg mentioned electoral reform today, having translated it into "clean up politics" during the campaign - it always came fourth on the list of pledges. That must have led some people to question his integrity in the last few days of the campaign and resulted in his party's poor performance.
Might he consider a formal coalition with Cameron? It's possible, and senior Lib Dems were certainly preparing us for that last night. Alastair Carmichael was quite shameless in an interview: running down Labour, saying how they lacked any progressive policies (how come you governed with them in Scotland for so long then?) He then seemed to suggest that Cameron was something different, a man they could work with. Later, in the early hours, I shared a radio studio with a Scottish Lib Dem who also tried to defend moving into government with the Conservatives, when they had found it impossible to support the SNP in Holyrood. "So you find the idea of coalition with the SNP repulsive but would enter talks with the Conservatives?" asked Derek Bateman. He assented, blaming the referendum. That referendum now offers three choices, including more devolution which the Lib Dems are suposed to support. So it's really democracy they find repulsive. As I said before,totally without honour.