Nick Clegg will try to draw lines in the sand over the government's public services reform programme by insisting that he will not allow private providers to run schools for profit, or skew the health market in favour of the private sector. In a speech to the Guardian public services summit in St Albans, the deputy prime minister will promise to take a hard line against blanket privatisation.We've had Cable boasting about how he can bring down the Coalition, now we have his nominal boss doing the same in response to a mutiny by his party's local councillors. The only certain outcome of a LibDem defection would be their electoral annihilation, so this is the equivalent of someone standing on a high ledge and threatening to jump unless his demands are met.
Why should anyone other than the current LibDem leadership care whether they jump or not? I hope they do, as they will drag the Cameron-Osborne duo down with them and we may get back to something akin to real politics.