So what is really going on? Didn’t the LibDems realise that by embracing with the Tories on green issues the Tories had gained more eco-credibility and staked a claim to political turf previously the exclusive territory of the LibDems and the Greens? It only took Ming’s team a hundred days or so to work it out.
New politics might be about building issue based coalitions, but the brutal truth is that it is not worth it politically when it does fundamental damage to your brand’s USP. Too late now Guido suspects, Cameron has successfully established himself in the public eye as green*. Maybe Ming should get on his bike – if he can.