God it was painful - but it was also Jeremy Paxman at his finest...
If you've not seen it already then take a look at Paxo taking Treasury Minister, Chloe Smith, to pieces when she was offered up by her loyal leader the Chancellor to be grilled over the 'U-turn' on fuel duty. The slaughter starts at 6:18 into the video :
Now, whilst I see an argument over the recent reverses in fiscal policy that goes along the lines of "We proposed the change, people voiced their opinions and we responded to their concerns" - which, let's face it, would be a whole new and frankly refreshing way to govern if it were true - one has to watch this interview and ask what sort of tossers we have running this country!?
The poor girl was completely unable to answer even the simplest and most innocuous of questions such as "When were you told of the change in policy?" I mean, what's the big secret? Or how about "How are you going to pay for this?"
Three words sum up this performance : Unprepared, incompetent and illadvised
Unprepared because the girl clearly didn't have a clue what she was talking about; incompetant because if you are that unprepared then you shouldn't be in the job in the first place; and illadvised because you don't send in a 29 year old junior to fend off questions from a heavyweight like Paxman.
At the end of the day, it's not the change of policy that makes the government look bad on this occasion but their appalling judgement in appointing this woman in the first place and then sticking her on national television to sit in for her boss.
Shame on you Osbourne!