‘Lord Lang of Monckton: Deputy Prime Minister, there is a substantially supported all-party committee in this House on constitutional matters led by Professor Lord Norton of Louth and Lord Cormack. They have been very keen to meet you. I know dates have been put in the diary and have then had to be cancelled because you are a very busy man. I think it would be helpful if you would give a commitment that you still want to meet them, and you will find a date very soon.
Mr Clegg: Of course, I would be delighted to. I have met Lord Norton in the past and his experience in these matters is second to none. I will find out what has happened. I was not aware that meetings had been arranged and cancelled.’
Is the Deputy PM on a charm offensive? When we have met in the past, it has always consisted of me drawing out why his plans for election of the second chamber were fundamentally flawed both in principle and in practice!