A Channel 4 tv presentation of how the 2010 General Election started with a tv debate in which the Lib Dem leader was deemed to have done well, but ended up with fewer seats and then tried to keep Labour hooked on the idea of a possible coalition as they tried to negotiate a deal with the Conservatives.
It took some days. I remember the one political question I got from BBC Radio Derby – and I predicted a ConDem coalition, in part cos of the numbers, but cos Nick Clegg was part of the orange wing of the Lib Dems.
Gordon Brown is shown as difficult, Harriet Harman is shown as having to manage him and Peter Mandelson is shown as tribal. Some nice comedy in play.
The programme is unrealistic of course, cos the players have to explain the story in what would not be a natural way for them.
I can’t know if Paddy Ashdown’s change of mind was as decisive as the programme shows.
But the programme is too polite to Nick Clegg. He would not have been troubled about telling Gordon Brown he couldn’t stay, nor by being in coalition with the Conservatives. And we always knew he never meant it on tuition fees.
To be updated; note the Independent tv review was better than The Guardian’s.