Nick Clegg laid the blame for Britain's economic crisis and political malaise squarely at the door of both Labour and the Conservatives, in his keynote speech to the party spring conference in Harrogate:
"A never-ending cycle of red-blue, blue-red government has got us into this mess - it is never going to get us out."
He said now was the time to try something new:
"Now is the time to think big.
"If you want better, choose different.
"Choose the Liberal Democrats."
"Labour is like a spent match. There's nothing left.
"You remember how hopeful people felt in 1997?
"Don't you feel the disappointment?
"An economy in tatters. A country more unequal than before. An illegal war, our government implicated in torture and rendition. Our environment poisoned. Our privacy invaded, our freedom curtailed.
"If you feel let down by Labour, and see that the Conservatives will never be a party of change.
"Turn to the Liberal Democrats.
"We carry the torch of progress now."
"At least 3 million unemployed by the end of the year. That's devastating.
"Let me be clear. We will do everything possible to help.
"Everything to protect jobs, keeping viable businesses going.
"And everything to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, to get people back out to work as soon as possible."
Nick told conference that the government has borrowed twelve and a half billion pounds to finance this year's VAT giveaway:
"That money alone could have created nearly 100,000 new jobs.
Nick said the party should be proud of their progressive policies and enduring liberal values:
"Let us say it loud and clear.
"We are the only party who will put money into people's pockets with fair tax cuts.
"The only party who would use Gordon Brown's wasted billions to create thousands of jobs today by investing in homes, hospitals, schools and public transport to build the green economy of tomorrow.