"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.This time last year the Liberal Democrat blogosphere was filled with outrage at the party's decision to require people to be accredited by the police before they could attend its autumn conference.
That outrage was turned into a critical motion at that conference, which was duly passed.
Then, earlier this year, the party's bigwigs announced that they were going set aside the party's constitution and ignore that motion.
The result? Near silence.
It seems the party is already happy with the notion that in modern Britain you must be approved by the police before you can attend a political conference.
That is how liberties are lost.