The news in The Daily Mail highlighting approaches made by the Tories desperate to "woo" Lib Dem MP's David Laws, Jeremy Browne and Norman Lamb (pictured)to join the Tories must be sending Conservatives in Yeovil, Taunton and North Norfolk in to something of a panic.
They now have to campaign against Lib Dem MP's who everyone now knows David Cameron wants to have in his team. How do you sell yourself on the door as a Tory in these constituencies in these circumstances ?
Personally I find it hilarious. I know Norman Lamb well and know that an enormous part of his success has come form his building "a team" of activists across the constituency, a great fundraising team and a large amount of trust from the electorate. Aside from the fact that he is not a Conservative, why would he possibly risk losing all that for a chance to be in the Tory shadow cabinet ?
The problem is that Cameron's Tories see politics as about getting in to government no matter what, and to hell with your principles. I would have imagined that they might have realised that if a guarantee of power was the aim at any cost, then people wouldn't join the Lib Dem in the first place, so they are hardly going to defect and abandon their principles in order to get it.
Every Liberal Democrat dreams of a Liberal Democrats government, but not a watered down pale shadow of one which gets power for power's sake. That is what we have at the moment and I cannot imagine why anyone would want to be part of some pale blue version of it in the future.