It's now clear that the Tories have closed the door on the prospect of House of Lords reform. By doing so they have, once and for all, slammed, bolted and barricaded the door closed on any notion that the Lib Dems have any real influence in the Coalition.
The bickering will begin, the 'tit for tat' rejection of each other's policies will begin, and the Coalition will blunder on until 2015, ineffective and directionless.
Neither party can afford the electoral consequences of disengaging from it.
Mr. Clegg, how naive you have been. You sold out on your party's principles very cheaply indeed.