We know that what Mr Clegg got out of the coalition is a stable Government leading this country through massive global financial crisis generated from London under Labour’s watch.
True Germany has had higher GDP due to exports being easier for them as a result of the exchange rate on the Euro being so low, but the counter to that is the financial collapse, high unemployment and poverty in most of the rest of the Euro-zone. Britain could not have followed the German model because we did not have the Greeks and the Spaniards and the Portuguese and the Southern Irish to suffer for us and keep our exchange rate low, instead we have had to turn round our own economy.
When the Coalition came to office manufacturing was less than 8% of Britain's GDP; we had closed our last steel plant at Redcar and our car manufacturing was under threat in both Liverpool and Birmingham and ship-building was being lost to the UK. It was direct intervention, by Mr Clegg that brought funding from China to re-open the steelworks in Redcar; by Mr Cable that not only kept car manufacturing in Birmingham and Liverpool but also secured its future; and by Mr Huhne that directed money into building wind and wave power generators in this country helping us to retain the skills in our ship yards.
Here in Manchester, it was the Liberal Democrats that secured the funding for Metrolink extension after Labour insisted it was congestion charge or nothing, it was the Liberal Democrats that secured funding for the Picc-Vic rail line and for the new high-speed trains from Manchester to London.
I could go on about the Liberal Democrat achievements in Government, but rather than that I will just end by reminding your readers that these are things that Liberal Democrats have achieved with just 8% of the seats in Westminster, against Conservative and Labour politicians who would never have done them alone.