Lib Dem conference delegates have just provided the press with a nice easy story,
they’ve voted to set up a panel to look at the legalisation of cannabis and the decriminalisation of all drugs. But away from the main hall, Danny Alexander has just given an interview to
Andrew Neil in which he has distanced himself from the almost incessant Tory bashing going on at this conference. When asked whether he agreed with Simon Hughes’ description of the Tories as
ruthless extremists, he replied "I wouldn’t engage in debate in that way."
Alexander said that, contrary to the Jasper Gerard book, there
will be no new coalition agreement to cover the second half of the parliament. He also made clear that he would like to see the man he replaced as chief secretary to the Treasury back in government
as soon as possible, saying "we can’t afford to have people of David Laws’ quality outside government".