The news for George Osborne continues to get worse. YouGov's latest survey for the Sunday Times was conducted following the news that Britain's economy contracted by 0.7% in the second quarter of this year - a worse figure than most economists had predicted. Even if, as I suggested last week, the final revised figures are not as bad as this, the pressure for the time being on the Chancellor is growing more intense.
This week's two big domestic events could shape the next few months, and even years, of British politics. They might leave the Conservatives lauded as heroes who steered our economy through troubled waters - or as incompetent ninnies who badly mismanaged tough times. Will George Osborne end up as hero or zero: as Clark Kent or Inspector Clousseau?
At the end of Dickens' Great Expectations poor, abused Estella, tells Pip, whose great expectations were themselves destroyed, that she has been 'bent and broken '. Since the collapse of Lehman's our economy has felt the clammy chill of that sentiment. But Estelle goes on to say: "... but - I hope - into better shape."