Two years back, when Cameron shimmied off for the half-term break, we all had a moment of mirth:
Asked if he was in charge of the nation, Mr Clegg told Metro: ‘Yeah, I suppose I am. I forgot about that.’
Later that year, in August, Clegg was once again ‘in charge’:
Nick Clegg today insisted the Government was still working ‘very effectively’ despite David Cameron and George Osborne remaining abroad.
The Deputy Prime Minister rejected criticism over the three most powerful men in Westminster taking a holiday at the same time after returning to work.
He said: ‘I reject completely this notion that somehow this Government hasn’t been functioning very effectively indeed last week and this week.
‘I have been speaking to members of the Government. I spoke to the Prime Minister this morning, to the Chancellor last night, to the Home Secretary yesterday, to the Business Secretary, to the Energy Secretary, to the Foreign Secretary; we are in constant contact with each other and we are working effectively together as a team this week as we do every week of the year.’
The Pert Young Piece of Redfellow Hovel shrewdly noted that Clegg’s days of deputising seem to have been curtailed.
She made a comparison with the infant who was entrusted with the weekend care of the classroom guinea pig — but only the once.