Posted by Tania Kindersley.
For those of you who wish to think of something more edifying, like oh,I don't know, pig husbandry or molecular biology, I apologise. I can't stay off the news today. The latest fascination is a report of rocky splits in the Labour party over a Lib-Lab pact. I thought that David Blunkett calling Nick Clegg 'the worst kind of harlot' might be an outlier. Blunkett can afford to say what he likes. Now it seems that insiders like Jack Straw are not happy. If you are lost in political junkiedom, like me, you can read all about it here.
Tom Harris, one of the most thoughtful of Labour backbenchers, is also expressing his doubts. Like Mr Blunkett, he does not pull his punches: 'Why is Nick Clegg's opinion on who forms a government of any interest to anyone?'. (If you have time, watch his election night video, up on his website. It's very funny.)
The fascinating thing to me of all this is that it punches holes in the increasingly tenacious meme of a progressive alliance forming seamlessly out of the two anti-Tory parties. What people seem to be forgetting is there is a great swell of distrust between Labour and Lib Dems. This is partly due to bruising battles on the ground, in local and general elections, and partly due to genuine ideological differences.
Latest curiosity from the BBC news: leaders in the financial community are accusing the politicians of 'lack of statesmanship'. The more jaded amongst us might mutter about pots and kettles. In the end, though, the markets have the whip hand, because poor old Blighty has to borrow so much cash just to keep her battered old head above water.
And since I seem to be liveblogging one of the maddest political days in my entire born life, I would like to give an honourable mention to the BBC's Matthew Amroliwala, who is reporting today from College Green, for sheer, unabashed chicness. I never saw a news person so elegantly dressed in my life. When the world is crumbling about you, it is reassuring to see a man who really knows how to tie a Windsor knot. (If you can get the iPlayer, you can witness his full loveliness here.)
As for how it will all end, I can make no predictions. For all I know, we could end up with another election next month. And another hung parliament. And Mr Clegg showing his leg all over Whitehall all over again. I start to understand why the Chinese saying May You Live In Interesting Times was considered a curse, not a blessing.