In June 2010, we branded David Laws a liar and a thief. But how instructive it was to see the political classes look after their own. If they could have had him back, they would.
But the man is still a liar and a thief. Nothing has changed between then and now - it is just more obvious. But that he is even being considered for a ministerial post, depending on the precise nature of the report from the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, is a disgrace.
That, though, still illustrates the divide between us and them. They just can't stand clear of the bubble and see how it looks from outside.