Cameron was on fine form when he was interviewed by Andrew Marr:
I've said very clearly if there's a hung parliament, which I think there are many disadvantages and I've set those out, but we would behave responsibly. We'd do everything we can to have a good and strong government in the national interest. I think we should talk about the issues now and the result after it has happened.Good stuff, but 24 hours later he gives yet another interview to the Independent:
The article goes on:
David Cameron is set to claim victory if Labour comes third in Thursday's election even if he fails to win an overall majority.
His plan raises the prospect of a constitutional wrangle in which the Conservatives and Labour fight for the right to form a minority government if neither wins outright.
Now Dave, listen up.
Mr Cameron challenged the Whitehall convention that says that, if Britain votes for a hung parliament, the existing Prime Minister gets the first chance to form a government, even if his party has fewer seats or votes than its main rival. The Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O'Donnell, recently reaffirmed that this remains the position.
There is nothing wrong with setting out your plans for government. The voters want to know what you will do, but don't start taking them for granted. The punters don't like it. Do you remember what happened to Neil Kinnock after his trip to Sheffield in 1992?
Maybe you will be able to govern without the Lib Dems and rely on the support of unionist MPs. Nobody knows until the results are announced.
You will win the largest number of seats and votes on Thursday giving you the "moral right" to govern. However, you should wait for Gordon Brown to fly back from Scotland and have his chat with Sir Gus, after which he will make his intentions clear. By early Friday afternoon you will be on your way to the Palace.
If, on the other hand, Brown and Mandelson decide to make a mess of things, just be patient and wait.
"No comment" is the answer to any questions about national situation in the early hours of Friday morning.
That is the end of the free advice.