A Twitter follower asked me a short while ago if I had seen the BBC 2 programme screened on Saturday evening about the Treasury. I hadn't. But I have now, thanks to BBC iPlayer. HM Treasury was part of my life in the period 1977 to 1982, when I was a financial reporter at Reuters with an unusual beat that included the body politik, in the form of a Press Gallery place and membership of the Parliamentary Lobby. So many of the characters from that era were contacts. (For the avoidance of doubt, their secrets remain safe.)
What was compelling for me was the footage of the current Chancellor of the Exchequer (CHX). If you haven't seen the programme his brief remarks 1 min 00 sec to 06 sec in encapsulate what every voter needs to know. He describes what was at risk. Typical Alistair, it is understated. Their impact on the 2010 election ought to be decisive. You don't have to speculate whether he is real or serious or plausible. He's been there. He understood what was at stake. Labour, in government, acted appropriately. We were all able, if we had anything in the bank, to continue ot withdraw cash from the ATMs. Fewer jobs were lost than forecast would be, even under a Labour government, Fewer homes were repossessed than forecast, even under a Labour government. As for the future Labour has already set out its tax and spend proposals. No bribes, no snake oil salesmen, just Alistair - survivor. And, of course, Gordon and the rest of team Labour.
Such a pity that human nature being what it is that Labour risks a pasting in the 2010 general election. Just 32 days to defy the odds. That's 32 more than Team Labour had to grasp the banking crisis nettle and act when the telephones rang in October 2008.