In which case, it's worth highlighting the Sunday Telegraph's summary of Sir Alan Budd's proposals to do just that. The departing OBR chief is expected to outline a trio of measures to strengthen the body's independence before the Treasury Select Committee on Tuesday, but by far the most most intriguing is "a strengthened role for Parliament on the appointment of the members of the Budgetary Responsibility Committee," including a suggestion that "the Treasury Select Committee holds 'confirmation hearings' on OBR appointments made by the government." In other words: involve Parliament more.
Osborne seemed to be resisting this kind of thinking towards the end of last week, but now the paper reports that it is "likely" he will accept Budd's recommendations. Of course, we'll have to wait for details before making a judgment. But this could be a step forward for the government, both in terms of defusing the story and ensuring the OBR's continued existence.