Catastrophic Clegg tells us: "We still have a soul". But what sort of soul?
In a Napoleonic sense, he is an unlucky general. He has been wiped off the front pages by Japan, so his message has been completely drowned. But perhaps that is just as well. The Eurotrash want to reposition the Lib-Dims from being a party of protest to becoming the voice of Middle England.
Certainly, with that YouGov poll, he is going to be struggling. At ten percent of those who expressed a preference, he is only three points ahead of UKIP. And he thinks he can take the Middle England slot? He must be out of his tiny little mind.
But, as the a lone protestor at the conference said, offering a parody of David Steel's much derided conference proclamation of 1983: "Go back to your constituencies and prepare for oblivion."