Danny Alexander: Somewhere In The Middle, And Out In Front

18/09/2011 08:57 BST | Updated 17/11/2011 10:12 GMT

It can be difficult to know if Danny Alexander is an incredible political strategist or living in cloud cuckoo land. Certainly some observers wonder how the 39-year-old � probably best known for cruel comparisons to Beaker from the Muppets � is not only in charge of the coalition's blood-curdling cuts programme but is also the strategic brains behind the Lib Dems' hopes of surviving the next general election.