08/02/2012 03:43 GMT | Updated 08/04/2012 06:12 BST

Why Is Nick Clegg Being So Coy About His Reform Of The Lords?

Nick Clegg rather hopes we won't notice that he is about to have another go at pushing through a fundamental change to the constitution. He knows that what he wants to do is of little interest to any of us, and might even annoy us once we work out that, in the middle of an economic crisis, he is proposing to divert the Government's limited time and resources to a political project of headache-inducing difficulty. I suspect he also worries that if we find out, we might object, and then where would he be? The last time he tried to get one of his schemes past the voters they said "no" in such numbers that the Lib Dems have to this day scarcely recovered from the shock.