The LibDems have got it right. In circumstances where one could readily imagine them running amok, they are taking the utmost care not to break ranks. Even the knee-jerk Friday / Saturday / Sunday a.m. sound-bite stuff was restrained; and come Monday the orchestrated TV performances (Ming, Ashdown) were calm and measured. Even Cable is onside.
And quite right, too. These are awesome events, and people are properly scared - including grown men and women sitting on the green leather seats. The correct self-preservation imperative is to hold steady: to break ranks now is to guarantee rout - which is when massacres happen. (They're still to be shot if they treat with the foe.)
In these circumstances we can forgive Clegg his Parliamentary absence yesterday. The Labour benches would have been howling derision and flicking him with wet towels; so there was no point in showing up anyway.
Miliband is going to have to work very hard to make decisive political capital out of this. (And who sold all the gold, eh ?)
The Salmond-monster is stirring, but it's not inspiring stuff. He'll find his people are pretty scared, too.