Great Tom Clark article in the Guardian:
But today's real lesson is that – however much you call a government "progressive" – it will not achieve meaningful political reform when it is led by the party of the establishment. Cameron reneged on his private promise to even-handedness in the AV referendum last year, and now he has reneged on his promise to deliver Clegg's reform. The parliamentary arithmetic made a rainbow coalition of centre-left forces difficult in 2010, but had it happened a reformed Lords would very likely already have happened.
The Liberal Democrats need to give some urgent thought to that. Much has gone wrong since they jumped into bed with the Conservatives, and it is time for the party to ask itself some pretty searching questions about what it has actually got out of an arrangement that it continues to prop up.
Governments are remembered for solid things such as the NHS, privatised industries or devolved parliaments. A democratic House of Lords could have ranked oon that list, but nothing else the Liberal Democrats have achieved will. Clegg's last gasp is that fixing the economy remains the coalition's reason to be. But even if, as I suspect, Clegg somehow sincerely believes this despite the evidence of the double dip, no one can pretend that the oversight of cuts is a distinctly progressive task. If a Liberal Democrat party that is now haemorrhaging members wants to reclaim the p-word, it needs to consider change at the top. The shattering of Clegg's self-esteem in the looking glass could bring seven years of bad luck.http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/06/nick-clegg-mismanaged-liberal-agenda?CMP=twt_fd