Just as the Irish Greens look set to be wiped out in the General Election for their part in supporting Fianna Fail and considering saving any face they have left by running before they are pushed, the Lib Dem collapse has started in Britain.
While they survived being wiped out in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election by Tory voters voting tactically, they certainly won't be able to pull that stunt very often. They were only able to maintain support in Oldham as they had long pitched themselves as the alternative to Labour there. In the south they usually pitch themselves as the opposition to the Tories - a claim that no longer stands.
As by-election results roll in, the clear message is one of collapse of vote share, with some down by 21%. As more an more people realise what the Lib Dems don't stand we can expect the collapse to continue.
This bodes well for Maidstone, assuming that the Lib Dem decline is not mopped up by the Tories. In Fant Ward where the vote has been fairly evenly split between Green / LD / Tory for the past few years, I can't see the Lib Dems hanging on which would mean that the only way of stopping the Tories would be a Green vote.