Praising coalition wasn’t just for the leadership campaign

During the leadership campaign, Tim Farron’s stock hustings speech and question answers (except on one notable occasion) started with extensive praise for Nick Clegg and repeatedly talked up both what the party had achieved in coalition and the benefits of being in a future coalition.

That was smart tactical positioning for the campaign because Farron knew that those more critical of Clegg and coalition would almost certainly vote for him anyway in a choice versus Norman Lamb, whilst those more warmly disposed to both could be won over by such comments.

However, as Tim’s comments since he won the Lib Dem leadership show, this wasn’t just pre-polling day positioning. It’s also what he believes:

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