With the Tories his party's main electoral foe, Clegg is seeking to woo the One Nation voters alienated by the Conservatives' UKIP tendency.
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 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?
To win back trust, Clegg needs to spend the next 548 days telling voters about his policy guarantees.
If they are to remain the largest party after 2015, the Conservatives need the Lib Dems to win back left-leaning voters in Tory-Labour marginals.
The Deputy PM suggests that the cost of green policies could be transferred from consumer bills to general taxation.
There are plenty of Tories who believe that the top universities should be allowed to charge higher fees.
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.
"It seems to me that if anyone excels in denigrating and often vilifying a lot about modern Britain, it's the Daily Mail," says Clegg on his LBC show.