But then, about halfway through, he flipped into used car salesman mode – hawking his rusty party to a sceptical Nick Clegg. Thus we got oleaginous rhetoric about " far-reaching political reform" and "economic stability," along with heavy hints about the concessions Labour would make to the Lib Dems. It reminded me of Brown's "I agree with Nick" creeping in the first TV debate – and I half suspect that Clegg will treat it with similar disdain. But it might have sounded attractive to others in Clegg's party.
Either way, the backroom dealings and whisperings have now kicked in proper. What a way to decide an election.