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Polls suggest what David Cameron did - or, rather didn't do in does all this leave the relationship between David Cameron and Nick Clegg?. Nick Clegg with David Cameron. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA. The personal is political. Ideas and events matter greatly, but relationships can. David Cameron and Nick Clegg look alike, sound alike, and come from equally body language gave subtle, unspoken clues as to the real state of their relationship. Coalition first anniversary: political year in quotes.
When he gives a speech, Cameron has an unconscious habit of splaying his fingers, an open-hand gesture that projects trustworthiness. This in stark contrast to the closed, clunking fist deployed by the previous resident of Number Clegg, in between looking at his notes, attempted his now-signature delivery technique of looking straight ahead.
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However, with his general facial expressions more subdued than usual, he glanced down more than Cameron — a sure sign of nerves. When Clegg spoke, it was interesting to note that Cameron orientated his entire body towards him. When we are completely at ease and interested in another person, we turn not just our head but our whole body — and often the feet — towards them. When Cameron spoke of the challenges facing his administration, Clegg only turned his head in his direction.
He also displayed a number of micro-expressions, fleeting subconscious gestures that last between three and five seconds, but which display discomfort. Clegg bit his lip on a number of occasions and touched the inside of his mouth with his tongue. What could Clegg be worried about — stepping up to the mark?
As the Prime Minister spoke, Clegg orientated his whole body and feet towards him — a noticeable shift. As the prime minister answered questions, Clegg began to give nods and respectful glances. Rather than implying complete agreement, this usually suggests something more crucial to a working relationship — deference.
Clegg is acknowledging that, although he is now a powerful player, Cameron is very much the man in charge. There is still wariness in the relationship — one, after all, is deputy prime minister and the other is leader of the opposition. But there is also now more understanding and even respect. People close to the Lib Dem say that he now speaks of the Labour leader in warmer terms.
Mr Clegg has been heard to express private admiration for Mr Miliband's pro-European speech to the CBI before Christmas and he has also been impressed that the Labour leader has resisted considerable pressure to match the referendum pledge that will be given by the Tories. Whereas he used to call him "Miliband", Mr Clegg is now more often to be heard referring to "Ed". From the Labour side, I have had firm confirmation that the relationship has radically improved.
Mr Miliband was genuinely impressed by the way in which the Lib Dem leader parted company with David Cameron and stood up to the press over the Leveson inquiry. The Labour leader thinks that this, in the words of one of his circle, "took some courage". The very beginning of this rapprochement can be traced back to the royal wedding when the two men had their first opportunity to have a proper chat.
Ed Miliband came away from the conversation telling friends that he found the Lib Dem "a pretty decent human being". As time has passed, there has been a decline in the levels of vituperation that were once spat from the opposition frontbench in the direction of the Lib Dem leader and his party.
As one senior Labour figure puts it: We've gone from being very, very angry with the Lib Dems to focusing on the Tories. Were he to be replaced by a leader with a more social democratic flavour — Vince Cable or Chris Huhne — the Lib Dems could become more competitive for leftish voters. That would actually make Lab-Lib relations more difficult. There is also some acknowledgement on both sides that each made mistakes in the way he dealt with the other in the first half of this parliament.
Senior Labour people now accept that they were too blinded by rage with the Lib Dems to recognise that their main target should be the Tories. Then there are Lib Dems who concede that the aggression with which they rubbished Labour's record in office increased the poison between the two parties.
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The personal defrosting between Messrs Miliband and Clegg is helped by the fact that they are meeting more often than they ever have before. The tempo has been increased by several private discussions about press reform after Leveson, a subject on which their positions are not identical, but are similar. Another area where the relationship is hot at the moment is over constituency boundary changes.
The two leaders' offices have been closely co-ordinating, effectively working as a combined opposition, to ensure that the Tories don't secure a prize that the Conservatives once hoped would be worth a dozen or more extra parliamentary seats for them at the expense of the other two parties.
Last Monday night, there was a first in the life of this parliament, one that deserved more media attention than it got. Lib Dem ministers and MPs marched into the same division lobby as Labour to vote against the Tories over boundary changes. It is how we are locking this coalition together. A coalition can only be stable if they know that one of the parties, the largest party, is not suddenly going to call a General Election.
So this is an innovation in our constitution to meet the special demands of this time. Listen - you've heard my comment, which is one word.
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It's the first time you've had a one word statement and it is, hooray. And I'll repeat it. We are in very difficult economic circumstances. Everybody has now accepted that there are going to be severe pressures on the budget.
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It's going to be a very difficult environment with which to operate.