The surge in good economic news and the collapse of the Socialist experiment in France has added two new characters to the opposition front bench.
A surly, sullen but above all silent Ed Balls – and a wounded fawn of a Labour leader.
They still do the look they’ve always done – cocked heads looking at the PM as if to say, “What a curious person saying such peculiar things. I wonder if he knows what he thinks he’s saying sounds like?” At school it was called “dumb insolence”. It amused us but works no better now than it did then.
Cameron was back as the Master of the House thanking three or four Labour Members for their suggestions, commending opponents, smiling, taking things seriously, not rising to the bait.