In a comment on Lib Dem Voice, Ed Davey has quashed the Guardian’s far-fetched reports of Lib Dems joining a Labour government. Ed is Ming’s chief of staff and chair of the party’s Campaigns and Communications committee. The story was mentioned by Stephen this morning, but Ed replied:
For the record, there is no prospect of any Liberal Democrat joining the Brown Government.
Iain Dale has also thrown scepticism on the story, noting that no member of the Grauniad’s political team had wanted to put their name to the article.
Update: The Daily Mail’s Ben Brogan suggests that the story was passed to The Grauniad’s editor by no less then Paddy Ashdown. Whatever the origins of the story, Brogan’s analysis seems bizarre. He imagines the Lib Dems are “tanking” in the polls and therefore no threat to Brown. He must be right on Brown’s contempt for us, though. Brown, a centralising, authoritarian control freak, ought to hate a liberal party.
Update 2: Over at PB.com, Mike Smithson ponders that a Lib Dem peer, not MP, is being considered (e.g: Ashdown himself). Ed’s denial on this site seems to preclude that, and you would never imagine that Paddy would have considered betraying us in that way, even for a second.