Liverpool local election 2011, Liberal Democrats heading for meltdown?
I can't believe that it almost a year since the 2010 election.
Twelve months ago Labour were poised to take power locally, and nationally and the Conservatives seemed to be heading for power.
March 2011 and we all know how it turned out. Cleggmania became Cleggphobia, and the Liberal Democrats brand is now more toxic than it has ever arguably been.
I've covered numerous elections and normally by this time of the year politicos are starting to get geared up for the big day. But this year seems very muted.
Locally there is no question mark over who will control the council. The only topic of debate is how badly will the Lib-Dems get hammered.
A well placed Lib-Dem suggested to me they might lost between six and eight seats in Liverpool.
Even Lib-Dem strongholds like Allerton and Hunts Cross could turn red, they said.
"Labour are on their third leaflet already, we haven't done anything. They wouldn't waste any time in there unless they thought they could cause an upset," added the Lib-Dem.
Then there is the referendum on voting reform. It is hard to think of another topic that has so successfully failed to excite the public consciousness. Maybe people are too worried about their jobs and the economy to care? Or maybe the electorate really don't care?
Meltdown in May for the Lib-Dems? It's certainly looking like a likely possibility.