So your party has just emerged from an election, at which you have lost a large number of seats and share of the vote, and another party leader is talking to you with a view to an alliance that will keep you in power.
Are you nice to them? Treat them with respect? Take their approach seriously?
Not if you are Gordon Brown.
According to Jon Sopel, quoting a "very senior Liberal Democrat source" who is "close to the negotiations", Clegg phoned up Brown for a discussion, and Brown was rude to him. Some choice quotes:
Apparently, Nick Clegg is reported to have told Gordon Brown to resign, and that is where the conversation started going badly downhill, apparently.
The "senior Liberal Democrat source" said that it was a diatribe, it was a rant, and that Gordon Brown was threatening in his approach to Nick Clegg, and that Nick Clegg came off the phone at the end of it, feeling ... that the person in the shape of Gordon Brown would be someone it would be impossible to enter into a partnership with because of his general attitude to working with other people.
This has been "strenuously denied" by Downing Street, from "sources very close to the Prime Minister".
You pays your money and you takes your choice, but the source I spoke to ... I would say was reliable.
Just like with the original bullying allegations, this story has been denied by Downing Street, but to an average observer, it just fits with what we know.
There is plenty of evidence around now that says that Gordon Brown is an aggressive and controlling bully who does not tolerate dissent. If Clegg comes to any agreement with Labour that does not involve Gordon Brown stepping down, then he is toast - both electorally and personally. Brown would eat him for breakfast, daily. With Marmite on, and a cup of tea.
Further confirmation that the man is totally unsuited to his high office. How the hell is he still there?