Nick Clegg is becoming increasingly insecure and isolated according to Lib Dem sources as he enviously watches Coalition partner David Cameron sweet talk American President Barack Obama.
Downing Street insiders report witnessing Mr Clegg stare longingly at rolling news coverage of the Prime Minister whisking Mr. Obama on a whirlwind tour of London which included an appointment with the Queen.
“He keeps checking his phone to see if David has replied to his texts, but he never does,” says a friend of Mr Clegg. “He tries calling but it just goes straight to voicemail. All he can do is watch BBC News 24, hoping for a glimpse of David and Barack Obama.”
“It tears him apart watching David with another world leader,” continued the friend, who wishes to remain anonymous. “He sees them walking side-by-side, posing for flash photographs, laughing and joking as they play table tennis with schoolchildren, and all he can think is: ‘that used to be me.'”
The Deputy Prime Minister is said to have become an increasingly forlorn figure, watching Bridget Jones’s Diary several times a day and listening to the music of Patsy Cline.
“I think this really could be the end of their relationship. Nick can see that David and Barack are beginning to form a special relationship. He doesn’t understand where it all went wrong for him, but it’s clear that David values Barack Obama and the United States more than he does Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats.”