It seems very unlikely that the coalition parties will have an electoral pact/coupon at the next general election, so Vince Cable’s commentsÂ on the BBC last night confirm that (if confirmation was needed).
â€œEverybody involved knows that before the next general election – the two parties will have to establish their own separate platforms and identity but how that disengagement takes place, over what time period is very much an issue for the future, certainly not something weâ€™re talking about at the moment.â€
He added that â€œof courseâ€ there would have to be a disengagement â€œbecause we will be competing as a separate party with a separate manifesto and I am sure the Tories think exactly the same wayâ€
So how do they untangle themselves before the election?
Do they move to a supply and confidence approach from late 2014, or something else?
Is there a solution that would benefit and suit both coalition parties?
Note: Mike Smithson is on holiday until June 7th.