Perception is a funny thing.
I listened to the joint Con-Dem press conference from the garden of Downing Street yesterday on the radio rather than watch it on television and was, frankly, appalled by the jokey, matey nature displayed by the two men who are supposed to lead us back to prosperity.
However, the media reports of the press conference were almost gushing in their praise for Clegg and Cameron. Had I missed something?
So I watched it later and my first thoughts were not just confirmed - they were reinforced. It wasn't just the inappropriate levity on display at a time when seriousness and gravity was called for, it was that both men appeared to be so lightweight both politically and intellectually.
They looked like boys. They talked like boys.
Neither man said nothing of note or worth - except for Cameron when he mentioned that this was a "progressive alliance". They talked without knowing what they were saying - they just strung together vacuous phrases which it was clear they neither understood or really even bothered to think about.
We're always hearing about the infantilising of society, but even I had realised just how bad it has got. When the leaders of our nation are behaving and looking like a couple of sixth formers let off the leash by the headmaster then you know we've got something to worry about - just about the only thing missing was that they didn't start flicking each other with wet towels.
And back to that "progressive alliance" thing.
Come on Tory voters - don't tell me you didn't notice it. Your dear leader has sold out your principles for that of the opposition. I've known that for years, but when Dave actually said it the blatant confirmation that the Tory party is no longer conservative sent a cold shiver down my spine. God only knows what it did to those who thought Dave was going to get in to Downing Street before throwing off his "mild mannered"cloak and emerge as Dave the conservative superhero.
So I'd really like to know - all you people who have been saying to me "wait and see". I waited and I saw - and what I got was exactly what I expected. How about you?
In the end it's kind of appropriate that as Britain teeters on the edge of bankruptcy, the Union verges on collapse and society totters on the brink of anarchy we have a Con-Dem government.