City Minister Paul Myners - apparently unbowed after the drubbing he got on Fred the Shred's pension arrangements - loves a colourful phrase. He enlivened a rather worthy post-Budget discussion with business leaders by re-cycling President Obama's call for "shovel-ready" projects. These are projects where permissions and approvals already in place mean that if money is secured jobs can be created immediately.
Myners was speaking a day after the Budget alongside diligent Financial Secretary Stephen Timms and Business Secretary Peter Mandelson - whose deliberative style makes every sentence sound as if it might be a major announcement. Businesses were perhaps surprisingly courteous in questioning, rather in the manner of those sitting at the bedside of the gravely ill.