Cameron’s absence in Rwanda has in turn opened up a large goalmouth into which Macavity can cheerfully score at will. Thus at Prime Minister’s Questions Macavity, who has not exactly been very visible himself, was able to taunt Cameron about their respective reactions to the floods. Cameron did, however, redeem himself somewhat by some sensible questions arising out of the Government’s response and their past performance.

Now he needs to develop this attack. Too often he seems to start a ball rolling only to be diverted away by the next photo opportunity or policy announcement and the job seems only half done. One characteristic of Labour’s opposition was the way they took each issue and chewed it to death. He and his ministers should now be following this up by appearances on the scene, asking the tricky questions until the public has got the point: Labour is not competent and it has affected them.