The Liberal Democrats struggled to put a brave face on their ongoing decline at their annual conference in Glasgow this week.
They just about managed to push through their support for cuts and their refusal to bring back the 50p tax rate on the rich.
The Lib Dems have been all but destroyed in the polls for backing Tory policies.
They got themselves in a hole by trebling the university tuition fees they had promised to scrap—and since then they’ve kept digging.
But the party continues to limp on because both David Cameron and Ed Miliband think they might need to keep Clegg on as a coalition sidekick after the election.
So the Lib Dems are falling out over whether to pitch right and win over the Tories or pitch left to win over Labour—having more or less given up on winning over voters.
The farce is only given meaning by a Labour leadership that would rather be in coalition with these yellow Tories than stand up to their brutal policies.