Could this end up splitting the Lib Dems?
This is my 64th birthday and I’m fearful that it could go down as the day that parts of my own party took decisions that could have a lasting and possibly even destructive effect.
The election arithmetic and the harsh economic reality for the nation leaves the party with one choice – but one that large parts of it appear to be unable to accept.
To be seen to be propping up a government that secured just 29.6% of the vote just five days ago and to reject what appears to be a reasonable deal from the seat and vote winners is taking it into very dangerous territory.
I don’t know where this will end up but passions are running very high and all players have to detach themselves and look at how it appears from the outside.
The events of these few days will define the Lib Dems for generations if it survives that long.