For years now, the Lib Dems have had the luxury of being able to make up policy in the sure knowledge that they'll never have to implement any of it. This has meant that they've been able to indulge in all sorts of gesture politics and moralising and get away with it.
Now, though, they find themselves unexpectedly in government and their "beliefs" and policies are proving to be as substantial as soggy tissue paper. They are like the interview candidate who makes all sorts of claims about their experience and qualifications for a job believing they'll never be offered the position and then finding themselves in the job.
And just like someone in that position they are quickly found out - exposed as frauds and totally out of their depth.
It makes me wonder, though. I mean, there are those of us who knew that anyway, but the millions of people who voted for the Lib Dems must be feeling extraordinarily let down right now. Will they ever vote for them again - and if so, why?
And as they have been revealed as being totally inadequate, that their policies are poorly conceived, poorly planned and totally inappropriate then why the hell does anyone bother to listen to them still?