Prime Minister David Cameron promised a mid-term review of his crisis-torn coalition with the Lib Dems today, writes Roger Bagley.
A Downing Street spokesman said the review would "look backwards as well as forwards."
The spokesman refused to detail the precise timing of the review, but said it would "take stock" of the coalition's first two years and would also "look ahead to the priorities for government."
At a joint press conference in Birmingham today, Mr Cameron and his hapless Lib Dem sidekick Nick Clegg attempted to play down the trouble and strife afflicting their rickety coalition.
Mr Cameron was forced to acknowledge that many Tories never liked his coalition with the Lib Dems.
However he argued that in an uncertain world where nations across Europe faced "huge difficulties," nobody could think that Britain would be better off with a minority government which would be "unable to take difficult decisions."