As for the specifics, there was Tory-baiting to be found in Clegg's much previewed attack on recognising marriage in the tax system, as well as in his criticism of those who would choose ‘populism, insularity, separatism,’ etc. But a heavier emphasis was placed on what Clegg hopes to achieve, policy-wise, within the coalition. Some of this, he suggested, is already being implemented; such as the localism agenda, which he rightly described as ‘postcode democracy’, rather than a ‘postcode lottery’.* Yet there are other areas where he would like to see further action, foremost among them Lords reform. As Clegg put it:
‘The Lords is perhaps the most potent symbol of a closed society. Because we are in the process of building support for a Lords reform package, I am sometimes advised not to be too outspoken on this issue. But I’m afraid this is one boat that urgently needs rocking.’
*Incidentally, this attitude towards localism is one that Clegg shares with George Osborne.