“The ideas put forward by David Cameron this week in no way represent the policy of the coalition and certainly do not represent the policy of the Liberal Democrats"
You could see it as a tit-for-tat blow.
Downing Street wanted to make very clear indeed that that Nick Clegg bloke was obviously not speaking for the government when, erm, taking Prime Minister's questions as deputy Prime Minister.
Perhaps they could now tell us if the same applies to the PM.
Yes, I am sure LibDem bloggers will be on hand to point out that it is time for everybody to come to understand how the 'new politics' of Coalition are very different. But we could do with a little help.
Should there be some secret code in the Clegg or Cameron ties - green for speaking for the government; party colours if just sounding off?
Or is there some other way for us all to tell "government" from "not the government" statements apart?