Two years ago, in scenes reminiscent of the storming of the Bastille or the taking of the Winter Palace, the revolutionary vanguard of the Conservative and Unionist Party inflicted the most humiliating defeat on an incumbent government in recorded history, taking the entire population of the United Kingdom into the sunlit uplands of cronyism and the suffocating embrace of the "country suppers" set through a combination of democratic spirit and popular acclamation.
This parallel universe, clearly the product of strong hallucinogens that even Louise Mensch would have thought twice about snorting, seems to inform the entire Tory worldview. The "natural party of government", hubris dripping from every pus-filled orifice not spewing bile, considered that the upset inflicted upon them by Labour in 1997 and the general revulsion at their venality and cupidity was an aberration caused not by their own repulsiveness but an inexplicable flirtation with Blair's pseudo-Toryism.
Therefore the reality that, had Labour been blessed with more tactical leadership than the ineptitude of the exhausted Gordon Brown, then the result would have been significantly different and alternative kaleidoscopes of political realignment could have delivered, is something that the Tories still fulminate over. The Liberal Democrats, after two years of being an apparently passive patsy to the ineptitude of the arrogant and inept Conservative leadership, are showing the occasional sign of desiring the Coalition agreement to be implemented.
So a further public service announcement should be made to the Tories:
YOU DID NOT WIN THE LAST ELECTION. YOU WERE THE LARGEST PARTY IN TERMS OF VOTES, SKEWED UPWARDS IN TERMS OF SEATS BY A DISTORTED SYSTEM. YOU HAVE NO MAJORITY AND NO MANDATE. YOU DID NOT ACHIEVE A MAJORITY EVEN OF THOSE VOTING. LESS THAN A QUARTER OF ELIGIBLE ADULTS SUPPORTED YOU. THIS PROPORTION IS DIMINISHING FAST.
The Liberal Democrats, increasingly recognising their suicidal mistakes, insist on the Tories pursuing both their own manifesto commitment to Lords reform and the agreement they made. Clegg's Faustian pact will unravel under the weight of Tory stupidity if they fall into misplaced assertions that nominated upper chambers are somehow desirable, rather than a repository for superannuated party hacks and politicians who have been found out by the electorate but whose blackmail potential requires them to be handed out baubles from the apparatchiks.
This is a matter of principle, and it should be the test by which the Liberal Democrats determine whether they stay in the Coalition. It's not a matter of a minor side-show in the light of economic collapse, but a symbol both of whether there is an appetite for honesty, consistency and change.
Tory delusionists are generally reckoning that their approach will steamroller everything to their own advantage. This assumes that the electorate are worthy of the contempt that the Conservative machine holds for them, and that the patrician scum can prevail. Away from Westminster the tectonic plates are shifting, and this final delusion could set the seal on the Tory myth of entitlement.