The Liberal Democrat conference offers a wonderful study in dysfunctionality. All the liberal utterances about hitting the rich harder, state banks and fairer tax systems sound great but whereas in the past it was always understood that the Liberal Democrats could say these things because they would never be in government, now the opposite is true.
Now, the Liberal Democrats continue to say these things, knowing that nothing they do will make them happen, even though they are in government.
The reality of the Liberal Democrats in government is that they are simply propping up and prolonging one of the most right wing Conservative administrations seen in recent times.
It is a role that amounts to the ultimate betrayal of liberal values and the electorate - a situation that can only be remedied with a call from the conference for an end to the Coalition Government.