Don’t let’s forget the way Ed Miliband was looking up at his bellowing shadow chancellor.
The look started out supportive and attentive, then went objective and cool, and then passed into dreaminess. Procedural analysts agree he was choosing the exact spot, between which two hairs, the ice pick would sink most easily into.
Balls is a phenomenon. Everything he has predicted has turned out to be wrong. He is like the 364 economists who wrote to the Times in 1981 warning that austerity would cripple the economy. They were wrong. He followed their lead. And now he’s wrong.
He stood up into the famous wall of noise that 200 Tories can produce, and he roared that the chancellor was “in denial”.
That was the beginning. But in another sense it was also the end.