This post was deliberately postponed to April 2nd for obvious reasons. I really don't want the Labour spin machine saying Lib Dems are using supporting Nick Clegg as an April Fools' Joke.
Fellow Liberal Democrats,
I am very disappointed in how many people are turning their backs on Nick Clegg, muttering behind his back and losing confidence, or even voting for Labour and the BNP. I can understand the student swing voters who only voted for the party out of their own self-interest (personally, as a student, I think Clegg's done the right thing on tuition fees, but got it wrong on the pledge), but for anybody else who considers themself a liberal to consider voting for the party of ID cards and the police state is shameful.
I'm not going to make the argument here as a right-winger, because I'm aware that my views are only a part of a faction within the party, I'm going to make the argument here to ordinary centrist/centre-left liberal democrats as to how Nick Clegg made the best of a very bad situation, and what we've actually got from doing this 'deal with the devil'.