Simon Burns said what everyone else in the room was probably thinking: "It's a mess, its unacceptable and it should never happen again."
The minister for railways was giving evidence to the Transport Select Committee about the plans to offer new rail franchises, most of which have had to be put on hold following the shambles over the West Coast mainline.
The former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, has died aged 87.
The first woman to run the country was famous for introducing the "right to buy" council houses (1980), the 1982 Falklands War, the 1984 miners strike and in 1990, the poll tax. She shaped the politics of a generation.
There can't be many senior politicians who are able to pack a hall on a freezing, snowy night and then, when the meeting's over, roll into the local pub and hold fort at the bar for the next hour and a half.
Step forward, Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party.
When Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis talks to councils about cutting costs and being more efficient he has a number of examples from the East which he likes to quote.
He tells them about Breckland in Norfolk, which shares its chief executive with two other authorities and about Daventry and South Norfolk who are making money from renting out property. All these measures allow the authorities to keep down council tax.
It was probably best summed up by the President of the Norfolk Labour party.
"There is nothing like a swift and bloody coup and the Tories do it so ruthlessly" tweeted Steve Morphew, minutes after we broke the news of the resignation of Derrick Murphy as Conservative group leader on Friday.
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