This is what happens when you grab hold of Tory coattails in a desperate attempt to taste power. I know it’s only a by-election and that these often do not go well for the party (or parties) in power, however being pushed back into sixth place behind UKIP, the BNP (!!!) and an independent candidate is something Nick Clegg has to pay attention to.
Defiance is not the answer. Unless it is to actually stand up to David Cameron and company and do something to moderate their headlong destruction of the country. But, of course, that won’t happen. The Lib Dems have let a lot of people down and political relegation is the price they will pay as they are returned to the wilderness where, let’s face it, on recent performance is exactly where they belong.