“His political future looks bright. Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem leader and deputy prime minister, loves him. At No 10 Clegg boasted to David Cameron that Nawaz was the Lib Dem candidate – even before he was officially nominated. And Cameron replied, only half-jokingly: He’s the best Liberal Democrat I’ve come across.”
Who knew what when, eh? Surely the four other runners in the Lib Dem selection race in Hampstead and Kilburn would be interested in hearing Clegg expand on that anecdote – if it’s true – and confirm just when he knew Nawaz had secured the role, just to reassure them that they hadn’t taken part in a contest that had been impossible to win from the start.