It must have seemed a good idea at the time.
The Labour MP Jim Sheridan on Tuesday called for sketchwriters to be banned from the Commons.
Cometh the hour, cometh the woman. Or rather, the women: for it seems you wait three decades for another plausible female prime minister, only for two to arrive at once.
George Osborne made one thing crystal clear in his first speech as chancellor of the exchequer on 17 May 2010. Under his stewardship of the economy, there would be no more fiddling of the figures, no more hoodwinking the public about the true state of the nation's finances.
The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have suffered a double blow as Nigel Farage's UK independence party soared to 17% in the latest Opinium/Observer poll, and a large majority of voters have said they believe coalition economic policies are harming the country.
George Osborne is being blamed by rightwing Conservatives for fuelling speculation about the leadership ambitions of Theresa May as part of the chancellor's attempt to "disable" cabinet ministers who are fighting further spending cuts.
Political divisions over continuing austerity widened as the business secretary, Vince Cable, warned David Cameron that very serious damage will be done to British industry if the prime minister continues to insist only some departments will be subject to spending cuts .
Ed Miliband will seek to capitalise on his conversion to a mansion tax by challenging Nick Clegg to back his plans in the Commons, and imposing the proposal against the wishes of the Conservatives.
The shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, has accused David Cameron of being more concerned about the threat of the UK Independence party (Ukip) than the economy in focusing on Britain's membership of the EU.
Over half of the British public believe that the UK should withdraw from the EU if David Cameron cannot negotiate a significant return of powers, a new poll reveals.