It seems that voters are protesting again. These tweets are about two council by-election results last night:
The latest wins come just a week after the Lib Dems claimed a seat in the traditional Labour heartland of Rotherham.
They saw their vote share increase by 50% to gain the Brinsworth and Catcliffe seat on Rotherham Borough Council with a majority of nearly 1,500.
I don't think the LibDems need prepare for government again as yet. But the trend is notable and continuing of late. Electors are rejecting larger parties and the the referendum result, it would seem. But the LibDems have to make clear they have forgotten the Orange Book before they can be credible again.