I admit it, I'm deeply jealous. When I heard that Floella Benjamin, one of my childhood idols, had spoken at the Lib Dem conference it sent a pang through me from the green eyed monster.
Then, adding insult to injury, Nick Clegg told the world, or at least the section of it that's listening, not to vote for the Green Party. Oh, the blooming cheek of it.
I know, I know. It's hardly news that the leader of one political party tells voters of a different party that they should vote for him instead but I'm not used to the attention. It makes me blush for a start.
Mr Clegg proposed a love in to conference goers; "This is not a time for people who care about the environment to quarrel between ourselves. This is a time for unity." Unity, for the slow to catch up, means everyone voting Lib Dem. Unless he's proposing standing down in our three target constituencies obviously!
As Sam Coates mentions it seems that the Greens are now the only major party who call for the abolition of tuition fees, there's one reason to vote Green for you. After all the Lib Dems are part of the big three consensus of savage cuts which is slightly different from the Green Party's Green New Deal which proposes, well, the exact opposite.
We also have the Scottish experience of Lib Dem ministers which was sadly not one where the environment came front and center to their political practice.
It's interesting that this indecent proposal comes hot on the heels of Tory head honcho Cameron saying you couldn't fit a cigarette paper between the Tories and Lib Dems. I believe Clegg's response to this began with an "f" and did not end in "antastic", I wonder if the Greens are supposed to make the same response? And should we then pick on someone smaller than us and attempt a similarly vacuous courtship?
Mr Clegg also said that "Only a party that has real power and influence at the heart of government will be able to make it happen [action against climate change]." Despite this he asks people to vote Lib Dem instead. Why he made an argument for voting Labour in the middle of his speech is anyone's guess. Let's not dwell on it.
The reality of the matter is that one Lib Dem more or less in the House of Commons will make absolutely no difference to the government's response to climate change.
Two or three Green Party MPs would be a catalyst for real change. Not just because all three main parties would have to start genuinely taking the environment more seriously to cover their collective electoral posteriors, but also because they would be part of that growing movement that exists in every town and city across the country. There is no clearer environmental message at the ballot box that people can send than a vote for the Green Party, but it isn't just a symbolic vote - it opens up a crack in their system for real diversity of opinion.
Caroline Lucas, in the Guardian letters page, says that "The unedifying spectacle of all three main parties vying to "out-cut" one another, comparing the size and sharpness of their respective butcher's knives, scandalously deflects attention from the real issue. Britain's debt as a proportion of national income isn't particularly high by historical standards. At a time when the number of jobless people is nearing 2.5 million, including nearly a million 16- to 24-year-olds, the subject which should be dominating the headlines is unemployment, not the growing frenzy over the government deficit.
"The Green party is the only party advocating a different way forward. Massive investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy would create hundreds of thousands of tax-generating jobs, and address the climate crisis. Tax increases for the very wealthy, plus a crackdown on bonuses and chief executive pay, would raise billions, and start to address the shameful increase in inequality under Labour. Scrapping Trident and ID cards would save billions more."Clegg can say what he likes and I'm 100% sure there are many good, committed people in the Lib Dems who care just as deeply about the environment as I do, I even know some of them, but this coy agreement the big three have on cuts in public services and restoring the economy to the way it was simply wont do. A Green vote says more than let's stick up a few turbines, we have to change the way we live. We need to challenge the economic system, and I don't see the Lib Dems doing that any time soon, lovely though they are.