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Tuesday 8th May 2012
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Nick Clegg and David Cameron are not getting too close. Really, they're not. As some kind of sign to their backbenchers that the two leaders are maintaining a healthy distance in Coalition, the pair managed to avoid coming closer than two metres for the duration of their joint press conference this afternoon.
The two swung away from each other like the man and woman in a child's wooden weather house.
Gone were the jokes and smiling faces of the Rose Garden press conference (although Cameron might have been wondering what Nick Clegg meant when he said he hoped Britain would "win a few sort of medals" at the Olympics).
And even when the Prime Minister went near his deputy, the two managed to scuttle out of one another's way.
But Tory backbenchers worried that the Lib Dems have too much influence in the Coalition will be even more heartened by the clear message sent out by the t-shirts worn by the workers in the audience. There were far more blues than yellows. Nadine Dorries et al can sleep easy now.