Lib Dem strategists are brimming with gratitude to the two big parties for making single-party government seem an unattractive proposition.
The former Children's Minister has told the <em>Observer</em> that she feels Nick Clegg's party no longer campaigns sufficiently for social justice and liberal values on immigration.
No government policy has made party members unhappier. Fortunately, Clegg is about to pledge to repeal it.
Left-wing policies stand a far greater chance of reaching the statute book when agreed across negotiation tables than when promised in manifestos.
Shadow ministers have been encouraged to look for "points of agreement" with the party and to consider constitutional reforms that would appeal.
The Lib Dems (and students) would immediately feel better if tuition fees were renamed as a 'capped graduate tax'.
The wage subsidy scheme that Clegg promised would create 160,000 jobs delivered just 2.6% of that total in its first year.
While Clegg remains determined to drag the Lib Dems to the centre ground, the left of the party wants a divorce from Osbornomics.
The Labour leader's promise not to accept the £7,604 pay rise to £74,000 leaves the PM as the odd one out.
If he wants to solve his party's funding problems, the Lib Dem leader should form an alliance with Labour.