The medieval timbered Westminster Hall and Victorian warren of committee rooms played host yesterday to a high-stakes poker game to decide the next occupant of No 10.
And it was a game in which Nick Clegg needed some buy-in from the rest of the Liberal Democrats urgently.
And so it is with a hung parliament.
Happily, after a meeting of the Conservative Parliamentary Party tonight, I can report that we are united behind David Cameron and the negotiating team.
The situation is food for thought though on the nature of “balanced” parliaments and the kind of electoral reform we need…