Here I am, on the train home, reading my copy of the Ipswich Star, only to discover that, on this day in 1988, the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party merged.
Is it really twenty-four years? Hard to imagine, but there you go.
And for those of you youngsters who bemoan our polling numbers right now, you cannot imagine how much worse they were after merger. As Paddy Ashdown often notes, we were at one point within the margin of error of 0%.
We survived that. We'll probably survive this too. We liberals are persistent like that...