Nick Clegg must have thought he had endorsed a very sensible policy when he discussed the feeble idea of deregulating control of house extensions as a panacea to the financial crisis. His naivety was exposed by the taunting of Eamon Holmes this morning and by the end of the day David Cameron was out there trying to recover ground lost by his honourable "friend".
Nick Clegg's big idea was that anyone might add a larger extension to their houses without planing permission, or by otherwise relaxing the restrictions that currently apply.
"Deregulation", you might say.
The devil is of course in the detail.
If I were to design and build a splendid 6 Metre extension to a posh boy's mansion and did so contrary to current planning requirements, that would be less likely to be a blight on the neighbour's of the posh boy.
However if I were to add such an extension to my house as would be my right, I would certainly damage my relationship with my neighbour, and I might also be concerned about what my neighbour would do to blight my environment.
By the end of the day Cameron and Clegg's desperate big idea was exposed as an amateur flim flam. In fact we need more planning rules to determine what our neighbours might do to blight our town and not less regulation.
Current regulations allow the spoiling of our urban space and unnecessarily so.
I can't make up my mind whether Cameron and Clegg are would-be amateur cowboy builders, or romantic buffoons that spent too much time gazing at their ancient folly in a Capability Brown landscape.
Our Environment requires professional protection of Town Planners, that should be free of market influences and not motivated by market forces.
Have Clegg and Cameron learnt nothing from the banking deregulation crisis?.