Former defence minister Nick Harvey rightly points to the mass defection of Lib Dem voters to Labour as the key point in Miliband's favour.
The revival of the Tory-aligned National Liberal Party would offer a path into the Conservatives for Jeremy Browne and other right-leaning Lib Dems.
The Tory moderniser proposes reviving the National Liberal Party and standing joint candidates with the Conservatives.
The lowest-paid five million workers will not benefit from an increase in the income tax threshold to £10,500. Cutting VAT or National Insurance would be more progressive.
The party's conference voted overwhelmingly that it was the wrong thing to do, but does that get across to the average voter?
30 per cent of MPs support a ban on polling for a "defined period" before general elections, with backing for the proposal strongest among Labour.
A source close to the Lib Dem president says he will vote against the government after party members "expressed their will very strongly against the Bedroom Tax".
The rebel Lib Dem says the policy is "Dickensian in its social divisiveness" and "victimises the most marginalised".
To win back trust, Clegg needs to spend the next 548 days telling voters about his policy guarantees.
The party's announcement that it will hold a Commons vote next Tuesday on scrapping the measure is a test of those in Clegg's party who have condemned it.