One thing missing from the Lib Dems' conference is any debate about electoral reform.
It seems almost unconstitutional for the party not to have a row about proportional representation or House of Lords reform. Yet it has hardly featured in the conference hall or the fringe here in Glasgow.
Never let it be said that Iain Duncan Smith lacks chutzpah.
His department has been accused of having weak management, ineffective control and poor governance; a fortress mentality, a "good news" reporting culture, a lack of transparency, inadequate financial control, and ineffective oversight. Oh, and he has also blown 34 million of your and my hard-earned tax pounds on a dodgy computer system.
The case of Peter Cruddas raises serious questions for the way we do politics.
Obviously it highlights the continuing failure of the parties to find a way of funding their activities. While wealthy donors and unions continue to fund the parties, there will always be doubts about what influence they get in return.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is insisting that MPs should have a pay rise of around £7,000. Not surprisingly, this is proving a deeply unpopular proposal.
Privately some MPs think they are underpaid. But most realise that a pay rise, albeit with an expenses and pension cut, will not endear them to the voters and are angry that Ipsa has placed them in this position.
And so the battle for Europe begins. Labour has announced that it will abstain when the bill enshrining an in-out EU referendum in 2017 comes up for its first vote in the House of Commons on 5 July.
This bill, you will remember, has been tabled by a Conservative backbencher, James Wharton, to try to persuade voters - and some Tory MPs - that David Cameron is sincere in his promise of a referendum by 2017.
Is David Cameron feeling his way towards an argument that he might use against UKIP?
I only ask because of some of the language he used in his speech in Essex this morning. He deployed the classic politician's device of presenting a choice of two policy options: to hide away from the world or embrace globalisation unthinkingly.
The timing is exquisite. While Conservative Cabinet ministers at home talk publicly about leaving the European Union, David Cameron in the United States will talk about how much it matters.
The prime minister is coming to the White House to make the case for a new EU-US trade deal, a free trade area that he says could mean £10bn a year to the British economy. He calls it a once-in-a-generation prize that could help build a more dynamic world economy.
When Natalie Bennett was elected leader of the Green Party last year, she was nothing if not ambitious. The Australian journalist set out a clear aim that by the end of the decade the party should have elected representatives in every major city and town across England and Wales.
Next week's local elections will provide her with the first opportunity to start living up to that commitment.
Margaret Thatcher was no Eleanor Rigby. For all the apparent emptiness of her final days, the former prime minister is not being buried along with her name.
And today many came. Crowds lined the streets of London as her coffin processed to St Paul's, many applauding as the cortege passed. There were some mild protests but nothing to what the British public in the past has been capable of.
James has been walking the streets and corridors of Westminster for almost two decades. He has worked in his current role as the BBC's deputy political editor since July 2009. Before that he spent five years as chief political correspondent leading all 24-hour news coverage from Westminster.
He has presented programmes such as The Andrew Marr Show, The Westminster Hour, The World This Weekend, Broadcasting House, Daily Politics and Straight Talk.
James joined the BBC in 2003 after a spending a decade at The Times newspaper, primarily as a political correspondent in the Westminster lobby. He also worked as the paper's Brussels correspondent and assistant foreign news editor.
He has written two books, Duel: A True Story of Death and Honour and Landale's Cautionary Tales: Comic Verse for the 21st Century.
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