Rumours that Nick Clegg's nighmare might be over are circulating in the empty holiday deserted corridors of power where Clegg is ruling.
He is being reminded of liberal democrat principles, but no no one can remember what they are. Something to do with a Big Society? No that's Cameron's PR stunt - as if there were no society there before he came along!
'We must be about more than cuts.' exclaimed a stricken Charles Kennedy. 'We are' replied Clegg 'we are about bigger cuts.'
But this approach is not doing Clegg or the LibDems any favours with a fickle public who blame him rather than Cameron/Osborne for all the grim news.
'He looks a real misery' a housewife told me as I scanned the world for public opinion.
'I think it will get worse before it gets better' Clegg told me 'the trouble is it may not get better in my political lifetime.'
Was this a clue to the future? Was the beleagured Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister implying that he'd had enough? Only the future will tell us.
Meanwhile David Cameron is smiling quietly at the present situation. He has coped with the results of a hung Parliament and all the blame for trouble has gone to the former Labour Government and Clegg's legless contribution.
But Cameron has a deeper worry. What to do if Clegg jumps? Is there a LibDem who will want to take his place?
Well, yes there is. But Vince Cable is far too good to be allowed any more power.