The undignified scenes in Parliament visibly shocked the Daily Politics Panel - including Minister John Cruddas who had no hesitation in supporting Cameron's line of questioning, with the notable exception of Nick Robinson who seemed indignant that PMQ's had not followed the course he had anticipated in his morning blog - a weird inversion of the days economic news which appeared to suggest that the worst collapse in growth and employment figures in living memory were somehow bad news for the opposition.
In the style we have come to expect from the beeb, the news reports were massaged yesterday afternoon as never before - with video clips cut to protect Gordon Brown, headlines re-arranged, and up to twelve versions of the key story appearing (at one stage) to airbrush the Cruddas comments from history whilst Ed Balls frantically put out an announcement which - thankfully - saw the Government caving in and taking the action Cameron had demanded.
We have had to wait until this morning to get a clear picture of the drivers behind this behaviour at the bbc. In his loathsome attempt at self-justification Robinson refers to "some [unamed observers] who were watching in the Gallery" - implying that the man in the street took a dim view of Cameron's performance.
Labour's John Cruddas and the Lib Dems' Charles Kennedy - who were in the studio with me - agreed. Interestingly, some who were watching in the Commons gallery did not. They thought the Tory leader's visible loss of temper showed him in a very poor light
So who were these independent arbiters? Shocked members of the public? US tourists spending the pounds they can now get free with their cornflakes? Or is somebody more sinister feeding Nick Robinson his topics for the day, and sundry quotes to back up his pathetic apologies for Brown?Depressingly, we may already have our answer, courtesy of this morning's Times political sketch
Up in the gallery, Lord Mandelson watched impassively. He had come to hear Gordon on the economy but he was seeing something else entirely.How long is it going to be before the country at large take the BBC to task for wasting precious resources developing a sinister and arrogant mouthpiece for a discredited Government?