It looks like the Deputy PM may have known that the security services were about to make another play to bring the Communications Data Bill back.
Safe in the knowledge that Clegg will seek another coalition, the target for Labour and the Tories, in many ways, is just to beat the other party.
With Labour preaching socialism and the Tories chasing after UKIP, Clegg will be rather pleased with how things have turned out.
He should learn from Gordon Brown's mistake and have the courtesy to get the Lib Dems' name right.
Despite what some on the left of the Lib Dems claim, we’re living out our principles in government.
Harriet Harman suggests that Ed Miliband would not force Nick Clegg to stand down before forming a coalition with the Lib Dems in 2015.
At an NS fringe event, the party president said the Lib Dems should "consider very hard" whether to name a date for an in/out vote.
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.
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.