And this time he eventually went in for the kill. He made her look a complete fool, and the look on David Miliband's face said everything. He was enjoying her discomfort.
Hague's second question was about the loan guarantee scheme, which was announced in January but it still not up and running despite the Prime Minister's promise that it would start by 1 March. She blustered in her own inimitable way, before Hague then listed four or five other schemes which the government had announced but failed to activate. Again, she had no answer.
Hague then teased her about her leadership ambitions, but she didn't see the funny side of it. Labour backbenchers barracked Hague who responded...
I'm only a deputy now, but at least I am a loyal one.But instead of ignoring Hague's jibes, Harman repeatedly referred to them and accused him of indulging in political gossip. She should never have risen to the bait.
In past PMQs Harriet Harman has done quite well. She did not do so today.
UPDATE: Nick Watt, a journalist who is normally very perceptive, has clearly got an interview lined up with Harriet Harman. That can be the only explanation for THIS ludicrous analysis of PMQs, in which he says Harriet "hung Hague out to dry" and "won" the exchanges. Either that or I'd like a dose of whatever he's on.