Ken Clarke was on Today this morning talking about the banks crisis. The Big Beast has arrived. Not.
Repeatedly asked by the financially razor-sharp Evan Davis as to what he (Clarke) would do which is different to what Labour are doing, Ken was utterly, utterly p-a-t-h-e-t-i-c. He ummed and ahhed and then went back to criticising Labour and then Davis asked again what he would do and he said he needed to see the books and then Davis pressed him and Clarke said he would sit down with the Treasury officials and sort it out with them. The Davis pressed him again and he said he would have done some things a little more quickly than Labour.
This "Big Beast" has been brought back. He's meant to be stunning us all with his economic insight and acuity.
But all we get is the usual slagging off of Labour and the odd "I'd have to look at the books".
Big Beast? Big rowlocks.