Has Nick Clegg backed himself into a corner?

With one day to go Nick Clegg’s party will likely be key in post election talks, but has his party backed itself into a corner?

If another hung parliament does happen then it looks likely that not any combination of two parties (other than a grande coalition between Labour and the Conservatives) will have enough seats to form a majority.

According to the BBC, Nick Clegg has warned that a government without the Liberal Democrats could result in another election before Christmas. He has also said the following:

"The great risk of not having the Liberal Democrats in Parliament, in government, is we lurch off into this blue-KIP alliance between David Cameron, UKIP, the DUP and the rest of them cutting, cutting, cutting way beyond what's necessary, or reckless borrowing as Ed Miliband and Alex Salmond are in some kind of deathly embrace on the left."

With the Liberal Democrats unwilling to make a deal with Labour - where the SNP are involved - and make one with the Conservatives - where “blue-KIP” are involved - Nick Clegg has possibly backed himself into a corner.

His best hope will be that his party and David Cameron’s get just enough to get them over the finish line, or at least come very close and beat any Labour-SNP deal. However, this looks rather unlikely if the polls are to be believed.

Furthermore, with Nick Clegg having unveiled Liberal Democrat “red-lines” for any coalition, it is possible that he has backed himself further into a corner. Some of the party's red lines are, according to the BBC, raising the basic income threshold to £12,500, having an emergency stability budget and an extra £8 billion for the National Health Service.

If neither the Conservatives or Labour are willing to reach an agreement on these issues then that could spell the end for any Liberal Democrat involved coalition.

So Nick Clegg has backed his party into a corner - to an extent - but depending on the numbers of the next parliament and talks with potential coalition partners, all might not be lost.


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