Normally you can't keep Peter Mandelson out of a broadcasting studio. And this is never more true on big occasions. But strangely the Prince of Darkness appears not to have given a single broadcast interview since the Pre Budget Report.
There is speculation that he has been hissing that the Brown/Balls National Spending Incontinence Plan was a disaster and that the PBR should have been used to address the country's massive debt problem.
If true, it is to his credit. When he does eventually appear before a microphone I hope he can be coaxed into at least dropping a Mandy-esque hint as to what he really thinks.
And then the fun can really start...