Opinion: Nick Clegg is the Deputy Prime Minister of the UK and leader of the country's Liberal Democrat Party. He came to government as part of a coalition between the Conservative party and the Lib Dems after the 2010 General Election.
He could have chosen to dig in his heels at that UK election and refused to sell the Lib Dems out but he did not.
Instead the two parties decided that being unusual political bedfellows was their best option at the time.
The problem for Nick Clegg and his political party is that the coalition has benefited the Tories more than the Lib Dems.
As the final countdown to the May 7 2015 and the General Election begin David Cameron appears to be doing semi-OK in the polls but Mr Clegg remains a dead-man-walking.
Labour and its leader Ed Miliband are trying to catch the Tories and in some polls are out in front but the Lib Dems could face an election thrashing.
The Lib Dems rode a wave of popularity in 2010 but that is long gone.
In a way, by tying themselves in with the Conservatives they have made themselves appear to be insignificant with no clear policies.
At the last UK election Clegg was predicted to be "kingmaker" and he was.
His popularity was on a high and he had performed well in the UK's new televised political debates.
The Lib Dems did not poll as high a percentage of the vote as they hoped and in the end chose to partner the Tories. Mr Clegg's standing since then has plummeted.
Either way Nick Clegg was damned from day one. If the Tories agreed to his proposals it looked like a set up; a ploy designed to give Clegg's falling popularity a boost. When the Tories ignored his appeals he appeared ineffective and simply a puppet of the Tories.
All in all the Tories seemed determined to ensure that Clegg could not claim ownership of any positive changes.
This is why Nick Clegg is a political dead man walking.
Die hard Liberal Democrats may vote for a Liberal Democrat candidate but it would take a political shock for them to do well overall.