This is no time for a government minster to be speaking the truth. Ed Balls, one of the PM's closest acolytes, has foolishly given an insight into his real thoughts about the current economic situation. It is, he says, the most serious global recession for over 100 years. Downing Street has moved into action to explain that he didn't really mean that at all, but, as Nick Robinson points out, actually he really did. He just didn't mean to say it out loud.