What did they mean by that?
We are reduced tonight to textual analysis of the Liberal Democrats' position.
Seeking clarification from the Tories while listening to representations from Labour is how . they characterise where they've got to
However, the reference repeatedly made by chief negotiator David Laws which I noted was to the need for "strong" and "stable" government. There is only one Parliamentary solution that has the numbers to be both strong and stable - the Lib Dems combined with the Conservatives. The so-called progressive alliance or rainbow coalition simply does not have the numbers to be strong and has too many potentially warring parties to be stable.
So, Team Clegg still seems headed for a deal with the Tories.
However, it is equally clear that many Lib Dems loathe the idea and want Labour's offer to be looked at seriously. The danger for the party is that it appears to be playing one side off against the other, pursuing its own interests and not the country's.
These negotiations and what follows will settle the public's views of the merits of partnership politics and the prospects of a vote for a change in the voting system much more than what happens between parties behind closed doors.