If this is what the Tories had wanted they would have just elected Ken Clarke who would have walked this election. The conservatives have themselves to blame for having opted for PR over substantive issues they may now be lumbered with PR (that's proportional representation) for good. The Tories will learn a lesson, the Labour grass roots could have told them long ago. If you dilute your values in search for the hallowed centre ground in the naive assumption that it will lead you to power you risk losing your party's soul for good. What is also worth noting is that in this merry dance to form a government the younger leaders seem to be more concerned about how their own brands will be tarnished by any association rather then the real national interest.