I have braved the conference hall to listen to a Q and A session with Steve Richards and Nick Clegg. At the moment I am listening to Simon Hughes speak at the tail end of a debate on pensions. Interestingly, not a single person clapped him as he walked on to the stage. It was rather sad really.
Looking round the conference hall, it's interesting to look at the demographics. This is the seventh LibDem conference I have been to and I have to say they seem to have a wider age range than in previous years. There are a lot of young people here. Like Tory conferences, they have fewer 30-50 year olds, but that's what happens when you run a conference largely on weekdays.
There is a But coming. But for a party which prides itself in its policies on ethnic diversity, it is astonishing how few black and ethnic minority delegates are present at this conference. Indeed, I would say there are proportionately fewer here than at a Tory conference. I said this last time I came to a LibDem conference two years ago. Little seems to have changed. Some might say, so what? You can't force people to become party activists, but if you are constantly promoting your party as minority-friendly, you do actually need to provide some evidence of it.