Apparently senior Tories in the House of Lords (senior Tories are always 'grandees' making them sound like some rarefied alcoholic pudding - oh I get it! ) are determined to scupper the Coalition's plans for reforms because they see them as a capitulation too far by Mr Cameron to Mr Clegg.
I can't resist highlighting this bit :
"Senior Lib Dems insisted that Lords reform was a key part of the coalition agreement and hinted that, if the Tories did not back it, they might be less willing to hold to their side of the bargain.
"The coalition agreement is not some kind of a la carte menu. It is not about having a pick and mix approach. You cannot have the parts you like and reject the parts you don't. A deal is a deal and it up to them deliver that deal," said a senior party figure."
So if a political party makes an offer as part of its election strategy to the electorate like, say, students fees, then that's something that can be cast aside once they're in power and negotiating the coalition. But if two political parties enter into a coalition then the deal is absolute and binding?
Wasn't the original idea of the coalition the much vaunted responsibility to 'save the country'?
You gotta love those LibDems