"'Clegg looks an increasingly desperate, shrill and discredited politician, losing both public and party support. People think that if Clegg says something, it cannot be the truth. The Liberal Democrats need to have some real hard thinking about what they stand for'
He says it would be impossible for Labour to govern with Clegg after the election, arguing: 'I don't see how Nick Clegg could change direction again with any shred of credibility, or how he could work with Labour now, but that is not true of Liberal Democrats more widely.'"
And what a pity – as it deflates the air of studied reasonableness that Balls deploys elsewhere in the interview. "We are behind," he admits, "on the argument on the deficit." And he adds that, "We can't go around saying a limitless amount of money will solve every problem and we have to be disciplined about spending." Now, that does sound more in line with MiliE, than with the Balls of last year.