- but only just.
Miliband (Ed)'s much-trumpeted nuke-and-coal announcements yesterday offered no meat that wasn't already on the table, and just about enough collateral comedy to raise a thin smile.
Firstly it offered us the plaisanterie of EDF's Vincent de Rivaz trying to argue that a government guarantee to ensure a price-floor on CO2 emissions wouldn't be a subsidy. Hohoho, monsieur. Then, we had Paxo's opening question to little Ed on Newsnight last night (8 min 45 into the prog).
Paxo: "so: will all these 10 nuclear plants be built ?"
L'il Ed: "did you say 'will they' ?"
Paxo: "Will they be built ?"
Li'l Ed: "err, err, well, that's err, err" (etc) (hint: no, they won't)
And all this cheery banter on the night his brother apparently confirmed he won't be accepting the nomination to be Europe's Lord High Whatever, thus dashing Ed's hopes of succeeding Brown next year. Tough shit Ed, but you had it coming.
Seriously, though, Miliband Minor must be credited with being the only member of Brown's Cabinet who instead of whimpering into his handkerchief is trying to conduct business as usual.
But what sorry business it is.
+ UPDATE + this apposite Grauniad piece should add to the gaiety of the nation.