You over there, yes you, Oik Miliband, don't you dare come any closer!
Would the broadcasters buckle before this assault of Prime Ministerial authority? Ah, but they of all people have seen more than their fair share of what Robin Day so memorably - and rightly - called “here today and gone tomorrow politicians”. So the reply to that was a No. And the result is that The Blue Team blinked first, with the result that Cameron has now agreed to a debate after the campaign starts.