The Tories could use a debate between the Lib Dem leader and his UKIP opposite to argue for the head-to-head contest they want between the two main leaders.
Local voters resent outside interference and Lib Dem activists will be encouraged to rush to their leader's defence.
The Deputy PM's warning that he would "absolutely insist" that a new coalition would not "break the bank" suggests that he may push Labour to back an Osborne-style deficit plan.
With the personal allowance already at £10,000, the lowest-paid five million workers will not benefit from further increases.
The Rennard shambles risks undermining the graduation into a serious party of government.
To allow the Liberal Democrats to swap sides without incurring any penalty would offend the essential order of our democracy.
Miliband and Clegg are ready to sign up to three debates over three weeks. They say Cameron is running scared.
If the election results in another hung parliament, the party will side with whichever partner gives it the most liberal government.
With Labour uncertain of winning a majority and the Deputy PM certain to be around in May 2015, Miliband and Balls can no longer afford to treat him as a barrier to an agreement.
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