To look at today's news coverage, you'd never guess that it was Lib Dem Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable who first proposed a temporary nationalisation of Northern Rock. The BBC report makes no mention of the Lib Dem position until the penultimate paragraph.
The Lib Dems called it correctly, whereas the government spent months dithering before finally coming round to our opinion. But you'd never guess it. It looks like we've been royally screwed out of coverage on this issue. Indeed, the main political story this evening appears to be the Tories calling for Darling's head.
The right tactic for the Lib Dems is obvious: Nick Clegg should offer Vince Cable to the government as their new Chancellor. We'd offer to release Vince from the Lib Dem whip, so he could sit in Cabinet as an independent MP "for the duration of the crisis".
Don't worry: I haven't flipped my lid! I know full well that this scenario is about as realistic as Michael Jackson's nose. Even if Labour had some sort of collective brain fade and accepted, the deal would do us more harm than good. But we should make the offer nonetheless. It would quickly become the main headline, and it would certainly remind people which party got its sums right over Northern Rock. George Osborne's face would be priceless.