The colour of ties being worn by Liberatories has assumed more than the usual significance in recent days. Clegg’s yellow and Cameron’s blue are worn so obviously, both made from shiny silk, that you wonder who would be the first to dare to break away from their party’s identifying colour.
A striped yellow and blue would be an obvious choice as things progress, except eurosceptic Conservatives might see their party leader wearing EU colours as too toxic to be tolerable.
William Hague has had no trouble in sporting a matt yellow of mild colour, as if to show solidarity with his Lib Dem partners, but it is Clegg yesterday who strayed away from classic yellow.
And what did he choose, but UKIP’s purple? In this highly significant colour of tie environment, the message seems to be loud and clear. Thank you UKIP, for preventing Cameron from winning a clear majority. Clegg will no doubt show up in UKIP colours once a month to demonstrate his gratitude.
Now we find out that the Human Rights Act is not to be replaced with a British Bill Of Rights. Clegg has to say thanks to UKIP somehow for saving the first of the EU’s programmes.