Ashdown's spin on the truth reeks of Hirohito.
Pathetic stuff, especially from Paddy Ashdown, the party's Grand Old Man, who seemed resolutely intent on denying that anything really serious had happened.
"It's not what's happened up to now that matters," said Paddy, above. "It's what happens next.
"If we can keep our nerve and our unity there is still everything to play for and a great message to campaign on right up to the real election next May."
So they weren't real elections? But back to Hirohito and Japan in August, 1945. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were radioactive ruins, Tokyo flattened, the armies in retreat, a massive air force poised to bring even more devastation, his country defeated.
And how did Emperor Hirohito break the news to his people? Easy! "The war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage."
Paddy couldn't have said it better.