You thought the Tory party conference was bad? You ain't seen nuthin' yet.
The Liberal Democrats have been given a kicking... by themselves. It's been something of a sadomasochistic affair so far: a pitiful turnout and Nick Clegg's airport expansion proposals rejected by his supposed supporters. Tim Farron, party president and favourite to succeed Nick Clegg as leader, opened the batting to a crowd so small he would have been forgiven for thinking it was a dress rehearsal. Things went from bad to worse as some attendees were spotted (and probably heard) snoozing.
While the official party line may be sanguine, the conference is looking a little glib.