After a brief Easter hiatus I'm back and no less grumpy about Nick Clegg's position on internet snooping proposals.
Last week the party leadership claimed they were never really in favour of them and appear to accept the party's unanimous outrage that Clegg had allowed himself to be associated with them in the first place. Liberal England in another excellent post put it simply down to bad advice.
However, if tonight's London Evening Standard is to believed Clegg, his advisers and indeed the entire Parliamentary party did not express any opposition to the plans when discussed.
What convinces me that the report is true is the quote by the anonymous party spokesperson, claiming Clegg was '...deciding if the right balance between security and liberties had been struck.'
Liberals ought to know liberties are innate and not handed out or traded off by a benign state. I'd hoped that the coalition's early positions against ID cards, child detention and the big brother state had put an end to this sort of illiberal Blairite nonsense. But it seems that Clegg and his advisers either have been sucked into to the system - gone native - or don't actually know or understand in the first place what liberalism is about.
It is time - at the very least - for a clear out of those advisers at the top of the party who have so far failed dismally to make the party's case in government and annunciate it clearly to the public.