Can Nick Clegg really be about to abandon electoral reform?

I don’t believe so.

Monitor Twitter and the blogosphere today, and the conventional wisdom consensus that emerges is that Nick Clegg is indeed about to do a deal with the Conservatives, possibly even at the cost of electoral reform.

Here, for example, is what Krishnan Guru-Murthy, the respected Channel 4 News anchor, says:

Well, from what Gove, Ashdown and Hague have said so far today it does sound like a deal is likely . . . and PR is not.

Is this really possible? I cannot believe it, and not just because Clegg reiterated his support for electoral reform at yesterday's rally in central London. You can call it wishful thinking, but I genuinely believe that there is an element of going through the motions happening here, and that talks with the Tories may yet break down.

After which the Lib Dems will give a serious look at Labour's comprehensive offer of PR and numerous cabinet places.

 

James Macintyre is political correspondent for the New Statesman.
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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.