So Nick Clegg has turned out to be a masterful negotiator, leaving the other leaders, as well as those eminences grises P Mandelson and A Campbell, trailing in his wake. Negotiation is a combination of art, science and temperament, which is not to say it can't be learnt or that a natural aptitude can't be developed.
Which makes Clegg's experience in what is thought of as one of the toughest arenas for negotiation, that of global trade, particularly valuable. Whilst carrying Leon Brittan's* bag in Brussels he was in charge of the EC negotiating team on Chinese and Russian accession talks to the World Trade Organisation. Against Chinese and Russians and on behalf of a gallimaufry of Europeans - that's hard ball, demanding stuff.
Anyway, he appears to be a much more considerable politician than I believed before his success in the debates and before he parlayed a tricky hand into what looks right now like tidy winnings. He deserves his name, floating like a televisual butterfly but also stinging like the eponymous horsefly.
* Apparently, he tried to persuade Clegg to join the Tories. Well, it took a while...