At Spring Conference, some of the manifesto raw meat needs to be presented and debated.
The decision by Tim Farron and four other Lib Dems to rebel against local government cuts is a reminder of the more open debate needed about the austerity to come.
With the personal allowance already at £10,000, the lowest-paid five million workers will not benefit from further increases.
Ask any "ordinary" person what the Lib Dems have been up to in recent weeks and they'll mention the scandal.
The Lib Dems says the top tax rate will be cut "over my dead body". But he said the same about the 50p rate in 2011.
After Cable criticised "the pace and scale of cuts" set out by George Osborne after 2015, Alexander releases new figures extending the Chancellor's plan until 2020-21.
Danny Alexander and former M&S boss Stuart Rose attacked Labour yesterday, but they used to insist that the top rate should remain in place.
In Gordon Brown's backyard, Labour won an 11.25% swing from the SNP, while the Lib Dems finished in fifth place behind UKIP.
From "Paddy Pantsdown", to Charles Kennedy, Mark Oaten, David Laws and Chris Huhne, the party has often been in the headlines for the wrong reasons.