Nick Clegg’s knee jerks so violently and so often that it must make TV suppers a messy business in his house.
His latest idea (which came completely off the cuff and will go straight in the bin) involves a swingeing tax on the wealthy.
The plan – which is full of noble intent and riddled with impracticality – was designed to pep up his deluded followers.
He clearly wanted to remind them he is still on their side as the conference season gets into full swing.
Unfortunately, it merely confirmed his role as a babbling irrelevance at the heart of government.
Because it was only a few months ago he backed George Osborne’s budget – which included a reduction in the 50p top rate of tax.