But nevertheless, I'm coming to the conclusion that we should just scrap it all together. Let me tell you why.
You see, the thing is that the core function of conference is to make policy for the party. It is sovereign in this aspect - it is the members of the Liberal Democrats who have the power to make policy through their elected conference representatives. And this is what sets us apart from other parties - we are the only major British political party where members all get to have an equal say in policy making. Even Nick Clegg has no greater say in what becomes party policy than an ordinary member does.
That's the theory anyway.
Because the reality is that on tuition fees, on the NHS reforms, on the welfare reforms, on legal aid reforms and on secret courts, conference representatives have done the party and its principles and its members proud by voting for proper Liberal Democrat policy on each of these issues.
But that didn't make a blind bit of difference because on each of those issues the party's MPs and the leadership went right ahead and ignored party policy.
Each time they had an excuse - we're in coalition and we have to compromise to cut the deficit etc, etc. And each of those excuses, however feeble and pathetic they might have seemed, did at least have a valid point behind them which had to be acknowledged even if members disagreed with that point and there was always at least a large minority of members which agreed with the leadership.
But now, on secret courts, a fundamental attack on civil liberties and basic principles of justice, the party leadership has run out of legitimate excuses.
Virtually the entire party, apart from parliamentarians, is united in opposition to the government's plans to create a situation where one side in cases on such important issues as the UK's torture of its own citizens has the opportunity to whisper in secret in the judge's ear. And, what's more, this was not in the coalition agreement, is not necessary to help with the financial crisis and it runs utterly contrary to the fundamental principles of liberty expressed in the party's constitution.
And the party made its views clear at conference in passing a motion utterly opposed to secret courts - and this despite a shameful attempt to rig the debate by the only people called to speak, bar one, being pro-secret courts parliamentarians.
Despite this, however, all but 7 Lib Dem MPs voted last week in favour of secret courts in parliament, striking down amendments from the Lords which would have at least improved the situation slightly.
This makes things utterly clear: there can no longer be any pretence that our parliamentary party gives a damn about policy made at conference.
And that isn't just a betrayal of the party's democratic traditions, it's also a betrayal of thousands of activists up and down the country who work the equivalent of unpaid part-time jobs for the party in order to get our MPs elected in the first place.
So that's why I think we should ban Lib Dem conference. If policy it makes is now destined to be utterly ignored, without any consequences, by our parliamentarians then there's no longer any point to it other than as a figleaf of hollowed out democratic trappings for the party to boast about and as a paying audience to clap on cue at speeches by the leadership.
And I for one would rather see conference dead than see that vision of mockery of it come to pass.
When I go to conference Brighton this weekend I'll be going there for the first time as someone utterly disillusioned with what conference is meant to be about. And I'll be doing everything in my power to hold our leadership to account for their betrayal.
Because the sad reality of our party now is that, for all the talk of phony divisions between left and right, between social liberals and orange bookers, there is now only one real division in our party: between the leadership and the members.