No, I have not taken leave of my senses, I genuinely wish to offer a tribute to Liam Fox, the now former Minister of Defence who was forced to resign for allowing his defence lobbyist best friend to sit in on ministerial meetings without clearance. Oh, and also for trying to pretend nothing wrong had occurred.
But nonetheless I wish to say thank you to him. Because of Mr Fox having to leave the government in disgrace, the government is to push through with implementing tighter rules on lobbying, including a register of all lobbyists. This was in the coalition agreement but is only really going to be pushed hard now because of Fox's resignation.
Now, introducing proper regulation of lobbyists is a Lib Dem policy, one we've had and been committed to for decades while Labour and the Conservatives have made noises about it but failed to do anything when they were in government. But, thanks to Fox, this brilliant Lib Dem policy, which will bring greater transparency to government and help curb shadowy influences by the rich and powerful, is going to be implemented with the enthusiastic backing of Conservatives.
And, I have to say, the irony that Liam Fox, one of the more right wing Conservative MPs, has, by his own demise, also managed to promote Lib Dem policy, is one that is definitely not lost on me and which I find quite delicious.