Clegg’s next challenge will be to seize the news agenda, something that he was surprisingly poor at during the leadership contest. As Charlie Kennedy argues in The Guardian today, Vince Cable has been particularly good at this as he did not have to worry about his long term prospects and so could instead play things for short-term gain. But Clegg will have to be prepared to take risks if he is to make an impact.
The Guardian reports this morning that Clegg will start being radical as soon as he’s crowned. His acceptance speech is apparently bold on public service reform and his reshuffle will be eye-catching. We will see. The timing of the leadership race, though, has done whoever wins no favours. Any momentum they build up over the next few days will be halted by the holidays.