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.
The Business Secretary has long warned that ring-fencing some departments from cuts is not "a very sensible" approach.
After publicly disagreeing over the danger of a new housing bubble, the Lib Dem pair find themselves at odds over the end of the coalition.
The Business Secretary's repeated attacks on the Tories in his speech and his warnings of a new housing bubble meant it was easy to forget he is serving in the government at all.
With Cable planning to stay away from the key Lib Dem conference vote on the economy, Clegg says: "I don't run a bootcamp, I don't tell people when they have to turn up for a meeting."
In a New Statesman blog earlier this week, Gavin Kelly suggested that the Low Pay Commission could set out "the path of future increases in the minimum wage over a number of years".
Campbell tells Cable "don't be quite so gloomy" and Ashdown says that Clegg's enemy Lord Oakeshott is "Vince’s problem".
After the Chancellor declared that Britain was "turning the corner", the Business Secretary warns against "complacency", generated by "a few quarters of good economic data."
The UK already invests less in higher education than every other OECD member state except Japan.
Six more departments agree to cuts but Defence, Business, Education, Work and Pensions and Transport are yet to settle.