Not only is it worth taking another look at Alastair Darling's Guardian interview, it is also worth watching the whole of my colleague Brian Taylor's interview with the chancellor on Saturday.
At one stage his lip trembles, he shuffles awkwardly in his chair and has the crushed look of a schoolboy who's been caught stealing from teacher. This comes when BBC Scotland's political editor quizzes him on whether he said that Wendy Alexander, the former leader of the Scottish Labour Party, was "unlikeable". First Mr Darling says he has "the utmost respect for her", then he denies saying "unlikeable" and then, when realising that he almost certainly did say that, he begins to visibly crumble (which you can watch here).
Earlier, when asked to justify his statements on the economy Mr Darling repeats the same formula four times in answer to four different questions.
First he's asked why he had given such a bleak assessment of the economy. He replies: "I think it's important that I tell people that we, along with every other country in the world, face a unique set of circumstances where we have got the credit crunch coming at the same time as high oil and food prices..."
Then Taylor asks: "But isn't it the job of the leader of the opposition to say - and I use your words - "we are pissed off" about the economy?"
Darling: "I think it's important that government ministers and me in particular are level with people..." etc.
Taylor persists: 'But chancellor, the strategy here is puzzling. Shouldn't you be reassuring people rather than talking down the economy and saying it's the worst for 60 years?'
Darling replies: "I think it's important that..." (you can pretty much guess the rest)
Taylor ploughs on: "Do you regret blurting out the truth in such a frank fashion?"
Darling briefly falters and abandons the "I think it's important" formula saying "I have been saying for many weeks now that we along with every other country in the world are facing a unique set of circumstances: the credit crunch along with very high oil and food prices...'
Taylor spots that this is a different way of saying the same thing and says: "Chancellor, forgive me, but you have made that point a number of times. What I am after is what was the thinking behind this? Usually chancellors of the exchequers should provide calm reassurance. You are talking about people being 'pissed off' with the economy and the worst crisis for 60 years. Won't this make things worse?"
Darling is having none of this. He reverts to the answer he gave previously: "I think it's important that ..." etc. (You can watch that section here)