Still it does take the biscuit when he demands this...
The Lib Dems must be part of a coalition government after the next election to stop the Tories or Labour "messing up", Nick Clegg tells his party conference.
"We are the only party that can finish the job of economic recovery, but finish it fairly," he told the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow.
After three years of coalition Britain was now a "step closer" to the death of single party government, he claimed.
He said Lib Dems had proved wrong the critics who said coalition would never work - but he also looked ahead to the next election, saying that "left to their own devices" Labour or the Tories would "mess it up".
Speaking openly about forming a power sharing deal with the two bigger parties - something he avoided doing before the last election - he said: "Labour would wreck the recovery. The Conservatives would give us the wrong kind of recovery."
Apart from the fact that he got the bit about Labour messing up the economy right, which frankly wasn't difficult it's what Labour do after all, he does appear to be of the opinion that the Lib Dems have not been anything but an albatross around the neck of the Tories and is only sharing power because Cameron single-handedly threw away the last election against the most unpopular Labour government and Prime Minister in living memory. It was a sort of Ceaușescu moment for the boy Clegg and it appeared that he may be standing giving the speeches whilst his party decide just how to make themselves unelectable by other means than the deeply unpopular Clegg mandate.
Still I guess the Lib Dems on the street will carry on making it up as they go along and ignore their leading buffoon as most of the rest of the country does until they get rid of him and put someone in place to lead them back to respectable obscurity only fit for the odd protest vote.