David Cameron isn't shy about supporting his good friend Nick Clegg, as he appeals to the Liberal Democrats to back their handsome Leader.
In a New Year message, the Prime Minister warns of "incredibly difficult cuts" ahead and asks that the Liberal Democrats do not lose faith in the Coalition. "I didn't come into politics to make cuts," he declared. "Neither did Nick Clegg".
His comments are unlikely to appease many Liberal Democrats and his own critics within the Conservatives. But, Mr Cameron has every reason to be concerned about his mate Nick's slide in the popularity polls, with many predicting that the LibDems will suffer a massive defeat in the May local elections.
The problem for Mr Clegg is that the public now view him as an unprincipled shyster, too quick to sacrifice principles for a place at the cabinet table. While many accept that Mr Cameron has had to make the required spending cuts, whatever the promises of the General Election, he appears to have escaped the same condemnation as his Deputy Prime Minister. Who said life was fair?!
The problem for Mr Clegg is that he set himself up as a new kind of politician, one who would be truthful and would deliver on his promises. He did not add a rider that delivery would be subject to prevailing conditions....! For that reason he is been seen as the man who put ambition before his promises to the electorate, although how he managed to go from hero to zero in such a quick time amazes me and him.
What happens if the May elections really do sound the death knell for the Liberal Democrats? Will local activists start to whisper demands for the head of Mr Clegg and how quickly will unhappy MPs in the party follow suit? Mr Clegg's position within the Coalition would be severely weakened and would not be helpful to David Cameron, who would be under pressure from his own side to go it alone.
Come 2012....the Olympics, The Queen's Diamond Jubilee....the feelgood factor....why, the Prime Minister may feel tempted to dump the Liberal Democrats and send his friend Nick into exile with a plum job in Europe.
It might break David's heart to put their relationship back in the closet, but if Nick can't deliver on his promises.......