Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg knew that the legislation, which until Monday was widely expected to appear in next month's Queen's Speech, would be highly controversial with members of both parties who campaigned on civil liberties in Opposition. The potential for Liberal Democrat activists to revolt over such an issue should not be underestimated.writes Sam Coates in today's Times. No doubt you can find it behind the paywall somewhere.
Trouble is, I am no longer convinced that Mr Clegg did know that. What struck me about the conference call some of us Lib Dem bloggers had with some of the party's special advisers yesterday evening - it is well described by Richard Morris, who also took part - was that the advisers were astounded that we were angry about the proposals.
If these are the people Nick gets his advice from, I fear he is bound to be out of touch with opinion in the party.
Being the leader of a smaller party while serving as deputy prime minister must be a horribly difficult job. And, as a party, we had not thought hard enough about what being in a coalition would be like when we entered into one..
But Nick needs to take steps to ensure he is in better touch with his own party as a matter of urgency.