What’s more, the subsequent recovery attempt hasn’t been all that impressive. Clegg’s started to peddle the anti-Westminster approach (Exhibit A: his interview on the Today Programme this morning), which – whilst laudable in itself – comes across as him riding on David Cameron’s coat-tails. Also, his Orange Book reform agenda seems to have been buried, perhaps in the face of internal party opposition. (Although we must award him plus marks for agreeing to a Coffee House Q&A).
Fortunately for Clegg, though, it’s only been 100 days. There is – one assumes – time for him to turn things around. He has a lifeline in the shape of the local elections, in which the Lib Dems have tended to perform quite well in recent times. A good set of results in May could be the perfect platform from which the Lib Dem leader can launch a more successful second hundred days. On the other side of the same coin, a bad set of results and Team Clegg might start getting very nervous indeed.