News of the withdrawal of the green lobby from the nuclear power consultation here and reactions from Labour's John Hutton on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme highlight the risk of growing confusion over the engagement with the public and the restoration of trust in the political process.
With MPs clamouring for a referendum over the European
Constitution Treaty, allegations that Gordon Brown is trying to gag his own political party, proposals for more Labour Party local policy forums, the launch of citizen juries - the electorate's cynicism risks being hardened rather than eased.
Time for a period of calm reflection? With the Labour Conference only just over two weeks away, I fear another Command Performance.