THE Liberal Democrat office at the National Assembly is in a fluster as Wales on Sunday arrives.
The party's Assembly leader Mike German and his troops are due in Swansea on the campaign trail with chairman Simon Hughes. Except the minibus due to pick them up is running late.
While 20-somethings wander around barking into mobiles, it is decided to scrap plans to conduct the interview en route and make a start while in the office. This is handy - it's one on one, so at least I'll recognise him.
A poll for BBC Wales last month suggested 94 per cent of voters don't.
Mr German disputes the way the poll was carried out.
"They used my old photograph!" he insists.
"As they call it, Fat Mike. I've lost a lot of weight since then. Our own polling shows something much different. It shows 35 to 40 per cent of Wales knows who I am."
As it is, Mr German is keen to get out and about and talk about Lib Dem policies. Which is a shame, because all anybody wants to talk about is coalitions, and who his party would be looking to link up with after the election on May 3.
That morning he is quizzed on the radio on the topic. The previous day, a newspaper suggested a deal with Labour, making Mr German Enterprise Minister, was done and dusted.
"Well, that was very interesting," he says. "I'd like to know who told them because they didn't tell me. I had not a clue about what it said. It was the first I'd heard of it."
The official line is that the party will not think about coalitions until every vote is counted. That could be read one of two ways, WoS ventures. They have started thinking about possible deals and they're lying. Or, with just a month left, they haven't and they're incompetent.
"Or third," interjects Mr German, "what we're saying is absolutely correct, which is that this is the programme that we want to see for government.
"I'm not for one minute saying we're going to get 31 seats - no-one's going to get 31 seats. So what interests us is: How much of our policy programme can we deliver in government?
"What matters to us after the election campaign on May 4 is, if the people of Wales have so decided that no-one has 31 seats and we have to have stable government, we are prepared to offer ourselves for stable government. But our test bed of success will be how much of our programme we can get into that government programme."
He hopes to get 100 of the party's manifesto policies implemented as the price of joining any coalition. Would there also have to be a guarantee of the party's long-cherished goal of proportional representation voting for local council elections?
"Absolutely. And it's there. And it would make a big difference to the way in which government in Wales would take place at local level."
To the policies, then, and the Lib Dem manifesto unveiled on Thursday. Titled A Fair, Green Future (so hot off the presses, the 'Future' on my copy is added in biro), what stands out is its devotion to green issues.
Like Mr German's preamble to the pre-manifesto, the Green Switch is at its heart - no new nuclear power, energy efficient buildings, more recycling.
An attempt to reclaim the green tag which the Conservatives, rightly or wrongly, are now seen as having run off with?
"Well, I think that's wrongly assumed, because we don't know what they're going to propose," says Mr German.
"What are they going to propose on the green agenda? And what we're being absolutely consistent about here - and this is both at a UK level and a Welsh level - is we'll make the big switch, both in taxation, both in terms of the attention that we give this and the policy programme that we've brought forward.
"Here in this manifesto are clear, costed proposals for increasing micro-generation in Wales, for taking us down the route of being able to get all of our energy from renewable sources by 2050, for increasing our recycling target, for taking a very sharp target of three per cent of reduction of our carbon emissions by the year 2011."
Is there not a danger, WoS suggests, that making such proposals so central to the manifesto and campaign, is a potential turn-off to voters with other priorities?
Mr German argues: "Our slogan is 'fair' and 'future', it's all in there, and we're talking about fairness, related to the health service and education.
"Fairness for parents, fairness for pupils, reducing class sizes to 25 so that pupils get much more attention from their teachers, and also fairness for students so that we can maintain the buy-out of top-up tuition fees for Welsh students at universities in Wales."
On the green issue, he adds: "Well, it's certainly a key issue for us. And we'd say to people it's our top line of agenda, it's the things we think matter to the people of Wales and you have a choice to judge whether you think so or not.
"I think there's increasing evidence, actually, that people are more and more aware of this and regard it as more and more important."
But Mr German knows that personality, as well as politics, are vital in modern-day campaigning.
The party's Montgomeryshire branch chairman has suggested that the antics of their Welsh leader, Lembit pik - dumping long-term weathergirl fianc e Si n Lloyd for one of the Cheeky Girls and regularly parading her in the media - is damaging to the party.
I expect you'll just give me the line about how this is just media gossip irrelevant to politics, I suggest.
"I haven't said that, actually," he says, interestingly. "He has."
Mr German adds: "I don't think it will have any effect whatsoever on our party. And I don't know - and we can't judge it from this election - whether it will have an effect on Lembit himself as a person. That's a judgement for him and the public later. If indeed it happens - by that time, time will have moved on.
"They may be warm to him, but whether they'll vote for him or not is another matter.
"That's the issue you won't be able to answer at this election. That's for the future."
In the short-term future, however, is May 3 and the Assembly Election.
The Lib Dems are the smallest party in the Senedd, if you discount Forward Wales.
But ironically, the voting system and the likelihood of a coalition means, of the four party leaders, Mr German can go in with most confidence of being a government minister next month.
"I'm not taking anything for granted," he says. "You could say.. do we want to be in government? Yes.
"Do I want to be in government? Well, I want my party to be in government to do these things.
"We can't predict the result. You can have a go, and people love having a go, yes, but if you could give me the paper from May 4 that would be very helpful."
Unfortunately that's impossible.
But with Labour all but ruling out a coalition with Plaid Cymru, and the chances of a three-party anti-Labour 'rainbow coalition' all but dead, it's little wonder Mr German can afford not to be too flustered about whether anybody recognises him or not.