I got in last night to catch sight of Nick Clegg talking about child benefit on the news. Now I didn’t see the start of the report, but if I read the words and body language right, I thought that rather than agitating as the Lib Dem leader in advance of the Budget, he was speaking up for the Prime Minister in an argument with the Chancellor.

So not for the first time I went to bed reflecting on Tony and Gordon, and the times John Prescott had to shuttle between them to resolve differences. And there we were thinking Dave and George were blood brothers.

Steve Hilton gone, Dave and George arguing, Nick trying to keep the peace, Teresa and Ken at each other. There’s something sad about it all happening so soon …

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