The rise of the Dinosaurs' Coalition
There is a new coalition emerging in British politics.
Fresh from their resounding success in defeating AV, many Conservative MPs have started talking to Labour backbenchers who also voted No in the referendum trying to form a new alliance to defeat the proposals to reform the House of Lords, announced by Nick Clegg yesterday.
The grouping are buoyed by their success on AV, and united by a strong element of hating Liberal Democrats.
Critics will no doubt call them the Dinosaurs' Coalition.
And judging by the response to Clegg in the Commons, this new backbench Tory-Labour coalition looks likely to succeed.
It reminds me of the old alliance between Enoch Powell and Michael Foot which defeated Richard Crossman's plans to reform the Lords back in 1968.
As things stand, I just can't see how Clegg's Lords reform will ever get through the Commons, let alone the Lords itself.