Should we encourage disaffected LibDems to defect or to cause dissent in their own ranks?
Evan Harris defended the Coalition as not his preference but the right choice to make, John Denham MP suggested a sensible approach would see both sides of the story of the failure to do a Lab-Lib coalition:
There is an understandable reason why some Liberal Democrats have a need to blame the whole thing on Labour, and there is no agreed history of the negotiations, and there is a very different account from the Liberal Democrats and Labour.
I was very keen on a deal. But a balanced view of the negotiations would say two things:
Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrat MPs did not want to do a deal with Labour, because of the problem of political legitimacy.
And though the Labour government negotiators were in good faith, it became clear that the Labour party was psychologically and politically in no shape to make a deal work.
For both of those reasons, a historic moment was lost.
But Denham warned that Labour needed to focus on its own task more than the LibDems:
"It is far more likely than most Labour members are assuming that the coalition will be more popular than we think - and more popular than us unless we change. We should not spend so much time worrying about the coalition, or the Liberal Democrats disaffected members that we do not realise that we have much work to do to earn the right to govern again".