Nick Clegg's speech to his conference today was a piece of classic triangulation - the Tories are too right-wing, Labour too profligate. The Liberal Democrats are the only sensible choice.
Except, of course, the speech itself was a straight-forward defence of Osborne's budget - his austerity delusion - and a rejection of any hope that Clegg has learned from the Tories' failure to remember the lessons of history.
Another notable part of the speech was this:
- Mentions of austerity (and why There Is No Alternative): 5
- Mentions of the NHS (in the year in which the Lib Dems backed the effective break-up of the service): 0