Coming 5th behind the BNP has really got to be some kind of historic low point which causes us to reflect on how bad things are at the moment.
Whilst it is clear we have a number of exogenous problems (those not of our own making) - notably the price of oil and commodities and the credit crunch, we are in a position where the Party is kind of punch drunk and resigned to defeat at the next election.
This is not good and as a Party we have to ask if this is the best we can offer to the British people.
As blogged previously there is a need for a new government, by which I mean a drastic reshuffle (i.e. more than just shuffling the cards around) with a leading team that can infuse confidence in the Party with a bit of fight in it. It is the political arts that are in demand at this time.