Osborne was on good form. How much of our money is Darling spending? We need to know. “They didn’t have a clue what they were buying, and didn’t bother to find out,” he said. Personally, I’d like to see Osborne do Mr Angry a bit more, as per his superb PBR response. Ken’s main performance was on Sky News earlier, and was excellent – sidestepping Europe and the EU Constitution. He speaks easily and eloquently about the country's economic woes, as if it's really simple and only a halfwit like Brown can’t get it. This is what I like most about Ken, the way he – and only he - can be gently condescending towards Brown.
And what about William Hague, the “deputy in all but name?” Nowhere to be seen, preparing to reply to Miliband. And Hague, take note, was not being served up meatloaf chez Osborne on Saturday when Clarke was let back into the fold. So Osborne remains the de facto deputy – he who gets the meatloaf gets the power.
P.S. Some CoffeeHousers argue that I'm being unfair and that Ken has been turning up. Thanks to the Public Whip website, we can settle this instantly by looking at his attendance record. He's voted in just 54% of divisions since 2005 - which, while better than the desultory 42% he managed in 1997-01, still ranks him amongst the laziest of MPs. Sure, he speaks in more debates when he does show up. But he has still been a rare sight.
Turns out this wasn't Clarke first appearance on an opposition front bench, though - Jonathan Isaby has the details here.