Those on the left of the party have been treated with contempt as Clegg seeks to transform the Lib Dems into a free market sect.
After surfing a new wave of outrage against the measure, the party can't turn back this time.
Vince Cable's announcements have allowed the Lib Dems to make the running on low pay but they still leave an opportunity to set out a tougher approach.
In constituencies across the country, Labour is turning itself from a declining party of the twentieth century into a vital movement of the 21st.
The latest YouGov poll shows the two parties tied for the first time since March 2012 but the figures would still leave Labour just three seats short of a majority on a uniform swing.
His decision to remake the Lib Dems as a centrist "party of government", rather than a centre-left outfit, could prove ruinous if the next election doesn't produce the right result.
"In the past the Liberal Democrats would eke out an existence on the margins of British politics. Now we hold the liberal centre while our opponents head left and right."
This time next year we’ll know which campaign Scots disliked the least.
The party says the Sunday Telegraph's political editor will "sharpen Labour’s attack stories, improve message discipline and ensure the party delivers a 24-hour news cycle."
It is the Liberal Democrats that have secured the return of the freedoms curtailed by Labour.
The coalition has failed to help would-be entrepreneurs innovate their way into work. Labour will show that we can do better.
Lib Dem activists in London and elsewhere opposed Labour's introduction of the policy now adopted by Nick Clegg.
While Miliband can only complain about the "cost of living crisis", Clegg and Cameron can act now.
Lib Dem activists suggest that Clegg's position could still come under threat if the party finishes fourth or fifth in next year's European elections.
The Business Secretary has long warned that ring-fencing some departments from cuts is not "a very sensible" approach.
After publicly disagreeing over the danger of a new housing bubble, the Lib Dem pair find themselves at odds over the end of the coalition.
Lib Dem delegates voted by a majority of just four (224-220) not to pledge to reintroduce the 50p rate as Clegg and Farron divided.
Former education minister claimed the Lib Dem MP was a poor families minister because she "didn't produce one of her own".
From the lobbying bill to secret courts and legal aid, too often Nick Clegg's party have been the lobby fodder the Tories need to deliver their attacks on our freedoms.
The Business Secretary's repeated attacks on the Tories in his speech and his warnings of a new housing bubble meant it was easy to forget he is serving in the government at all.
The party's "lines to take" memo, accidentally emailed to journalists, includes a section reminding MPs that the bedroom tax "is not a tax".
The Lib Dem leader could face defeat this afternoon after he argues against changing "one very specific symbolic tax rate" in opposition to the party president.
With Cable planning to stay away from the key Lib Dem conference vote on the economy, Clegg says: "I don't run a bootcamp, I don't tell people when they have to turn up for a meeting."
Labour has a 14-point lead in the 32 most marginal Tory-Labour seats, while the Lib Dems are just three points behind the Conservatives in the eight most competitive Tory-Lib Dem seats.
The deputy PM was due to say "I know that some people in our party don’t like us being too nasty to Labour" after the Lib Dem president said he didn't want to "diss" Ed Miliband.
In a New Statesman blog earlier this week, Gavin Kelly suggested that the Low Pay Commission could set out "the path of future increases in the minimum wage over a number of years".
Jackie Baillie says "you can expect an announcement relatively soon" as Lib Dem Shirley Williams brands the policy "a big mistake".
As the new book Scarcity shows, a severe lack of money systematically impairs our ability to focus, make decisions and control our impulses.
Campbell tells Cable "don't be quite so gloomy" and Ashdown says that Clegg's enemy Lord Oakeshott is "Vince’s problem".
Osbornomics, tuition fees, Trident, the 50p tax rate, nuclear power. Whatever you think of the Lib Dems, you can’t say we hide our debates away.