18/09/2011 04:57 BST | Updated 17/11/2011 05:12 GMT

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

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.