Not really surprising that Sir Nicholas Stern (centre) has had enough. His report on climate change may have been this year's dodgy dossier, but being Gordo's chief economist obviously requires a willingness to distort the truth that goes way beyond dodginess. Ed Balls was ideal, but recruiting an academic development economist was always likely to end in tears.
So who will they get to fill the post? Clearly, there's no shortage of candidates with the right political credentials and the willingness to bend and distort without limit. But they'll also need to stay on top of the vast complexity of Gordo's micro-managerial command economics. And frankly I'm not sure anyone can do that.
PS You'd have to guess Nick can kiss goodbye to the peerage. Just as poor Sir Derek Wanless has blown his. You can't help feeling sorry for these guys: yes, they both got bunged their knighthoods by Brown, but they've lost their souls.