Gordon Brown: "We will shortly publish proposals which reform the Commons and put more power where it belongs – in the people's hands. There is no option I will not consider if it redistributes power."David Cameron: "Meaningful reform must start with a simple, single objective. The Conservative Party's objective is this: to redistribute power from the powerful to the powerless."
Nick Clegg: "Finally, we must restore democracy by giving power back to people."
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that the parties hold the same positions in reality. And I still think that the Tory leader has handled this crisis better than either of his opponents. But these articles show just how easily the debate could reduce into a series of easy, amorphous platitudes. As I said yesterday, there's room for a party to distinguish itself by setting out all the options, clearly and concisely, and by involving the public more closely in any decisions.