I rather like Rachel Reeves. She’s got some original ideas and is clearly very clever. You don’t get to work at the Bank of England if you’re not. But tonight on my LBC show she gave a car crash of an interview on the 10p tax rate and the mansion tax. It bore all the hallmarks of someone defending a policy they had been told they must go out and defend, using a cribsheet from Party HQ saying “repeat after me, this is the point you must concentrate on. The interview lasted about 7 minutes, but she kept saying the same thing over and over again. I picked her up on it three times.

Have a listen to THIS. It’s 80 seconds long and she repeats the same point 8 times. I seem to remember Ed Miliband doing the same thing once. Just because your leader does it, it doesn’t mean you have to. It certainly didn’t go down well with my listeners.