So near and yet so far
This morning should have been the moment when we saw three men who say they are aiming to be prime minister after the next election together side by side on TV.
This was not for the first of the much talked about - and yet still elusive - TV debates. It was for a joint appearance at a Speaker's Conference. At least according to Commons officials, the three were supposed to appear together at the same time on the same platform. The BBC News website reported as much.
However, they will now follow one after the other. It's a decision which the Tories are pinning on "Bottler Brown". It is one which frankly matters little other than to demonstrate where we might end up if the parties don't reach a firm agreement on prime ministerial debates sooner rather than later.