It's conference season and a small group of Lib Dems have converged on a dilapidated conference centre to dribble out their desperate policies for the last time before a general election. They are the party of limited hope, having to believe in themselves, yet knowing that their significance will dwindle further still. Oh what resolve must a Lib Dem need, to forge ahead in these circumstances. Their logo is the phoenix that will never quite rise from the ashes, flightless as a chicken! They are caught between the politics of their wealthy older supporters in the South West and the less well off supporters in the South East, they will never please both. A party with zero identity, clutching at straws of meaning.
But here we have old Paddy, at last, telling us that Afghanistan could be lost as the British public lose confidence in the mission. Paddy's been caught in a timewarp though; you're a few years too late, but better late than never. Confidence was lost shortly before a few hundred soldier's lives were lost to avoidable failings, like equipment shortages. Well at least you're on the bandwagon now, another voice calling for 9,000 brave heroes to return to their homeland. There was talk of "withdrawal", "clear exit strategy" and "conclusion" by our orange rosetted strugglers. It's a start, at least.