Nick Clegg, facing bad results in a dreadful 15% turnout in the vote for the new Crime Commissioners in England and Wales and in three byelections, is nevertheless letting his ego run unchecked.
The national press today reported that the Liberal Democrat Leader took a fancy to the Scotland Office, which is at the splendid Dover House, backing on to Horse Guards Parade.
Never mind that this is the long established HQ of the Scotland Office. Never mind that Clegg and his party are fighting the unionist cause to keep Scotland in the UK.
Clegg decided he wanted it; and that, rather than Better Together, he and his LibDem colleague, the quietly rated Scottish Secretary, Michael Moore, were Better Apart, with Moore to be ejected from Dover House.
Cleggo, exercising the force majeure of rank, has insisted on having for himself [and his entourage] the posh quarters that traditionally house the Scotland Office.
So - out goes the Scotland Office, out goes Mr Moore and at this rate of going, with egocentric grandiloquent failures making hugely symbolic mistakes like this, Scotland itself may take the same road.
The Deputy Prime Minister’s requirement for grand accommodation at all costs will last until the refurbishment of his present grand office in Whitehall is complete. That will take him to 2014. He may well then have a private reason for hoping he can hold on to the Scotland Office – for the remaining year that is all he will have until the UK General Election. The Lib Dems have now been overtaken by UKIP.
Watching the folie de grandeur of politicians as they savour, scheme and slaver over what they see as the goodies, is one of the most repellant aspects of our political scene. No wonder people don’t bother to vote..