Last week the Opposition wanted to use one of their days to choose the business of the House to have a debate on the economy. They were told the Chancellor was not available.
They agreed to debate something else, and to debate the economy today instead. The Chancellor I hear still refuses to come.
Meanwhile, today is the chosen day to feed to the media the dreadful news of the Staffordshire NHS.
If the government is really proud of “doing what it takes” to tackle the economic crisis why will it not do what it takes to put the message across in the Commons? And why is it so reluctant for their conduct of economic policy to lead the news today?
I have been sitting by my phone waiting for the BBC invitation to give an interview on the state of the economy, but so far it hasn’t rung!