An old friend currently living in Australia has sent me this story.
Essentially it describes how a strong push to appoint former LibDem party leader Menzies Campbell to the post of High Commissioner in Canberra has been frustrated by fears that a by-election in his North East Fife parliamentary seat could seriously embarrass his party and destabilise the British government.
And this after just three months! The LibDems are running scared of losing poor old Ming's seat in Scotland (which had a majority of over 9,000 votes in May) and denying him a few last days in the sun.
Mean and frit, frit, frit!