The "Rainbow Coalition" was never much more than a gleam in the eyes of a few nationalist politicians on the Celtic fringes of these islands (and I don't mean Cornwall).
However, a surprisingly wide spectrum of opinion appears to be flourishing within the ranks Conservative Party itself when it comes to the Lib-Con pact.
The official line is the obvious one: while the alliance falls far short of what the Tories ideally wanted from this election, it's now best feet forward "in an historic new direction".
But not everybody's as keen to be new best friends as Messrs Cameron and Clegg.
Watch the film below and you'll hear Richard Drax, the new Conservative MP for South Dorset, describing his partners in government as political bed-hoppers who'll cosy up to anybody in order to get their hands on power. In short, not the kind of chaps you can trust.
At the other end of the broad church that is the Tory Party (I'm not sure whether she's very high or very low) is the new MP for Totnes, Sarah Wollaston. Successor to the legendary Anthony Steen, she prides herself on not having a traditional tribal background in party politics. This, perhaps, goes some way towards explaining her view that the Lib-Con pact is a marriage made in heaven.
So much for the backbenches. Meanwhile Cameron and Clegg are hailing "a seismic shift" in British politics".
Lloyd George - you'll understand that the Oates bedside table is now ladened with learned tomes analysing the great and not so great coalitions of the past - would have found this kind of talk right up his street.
From 1916 he presided over the coalition which saw Britain and its Empire through the Great War. Emerging from the Armistice with near superhuman status, he decided to apply his Midas touch to keeping the coalition going into peace time.
Lloyd George was, of course, a Liberal. But his government wasn't - as you might reasonably expect - a largely Liberal administration with a few Tories thrown in to make up the numbers. On the contrary, he relied overwhelming on the Conservatives as the core of his government.
Many of the Liberals, indeed, were technically in opposition under the party's actual leader, Asquith, and cheerfully carried on during their own things (things, which fortunately for Lloyd George, didn't include trying to topple coalition governments).
Everything was held together by the charisma and cunning of the Welsh wizard.
From 1919 he tried to bring things to what he viewed as the natural conclusion: uniting all the coalition members into one nation-wide coalition party. The old party labels, he argued, were outdated; the challenges of the post-war era - not least the rise of Bolshevism - demanded a union of all the anti-socialist parties (there's a thought, perhaps, to resonate in 21st Century Tory breasts).
He called his big idea "fusion".
It failed, of course. In 1922, the Conservatives made a break for freedom following a summit at that high temple of Toryism, the Carlton Club.
The future was partisan and a political world in which the once-mighty Liberals were condemned to being bit players.
Which brings me back to the present.
I've just received a press statement from Jenny Roach, Nominating Officer for the Liberal Party in Exeter. The "continuing" Liberals, who rejected the merger with the SDP to form the Liberal Democrats, believe they are the true heirs of nineteenth century Liberalism.
"Liberals and Liberal and Radical Associations have always been locked in battle with a Tory Party representing privilege, wealth and elitist authority - since before 1857 and the formation of The National Liberal Federation," she says.
"I urge every Liberal and radical still left in the Liberal Democrats to resign to rejoin the Liberal Party."
It's fair to say the Liberal Party needs all the new members it can get. The party's traditionally remained fairly active in the South West, standing a respectable slate of candidates at general elections. This May though, it stood just one - in Exeter.
This was because its Cornish candidates were busy doing their own things. In this case a rather contrary thing: standing down and encouraging their potential electorates to vote for UKIP.
But for people who see themselves as the spiritual successors of Lloyd George and Asquith, this all, perhaps, makes perfect sense.