I find it hard to have a reasoned debate on the role of the state in our political economy - which is what the discussion about size ultimately stems from - on the basis of percentages, or comparisons of percentages between nations/eras.
Tuesday's reshuffle thus marks the return to grace of the former Chief Secretary to the Treasury who, in May 2010, was forced to resign from his post only days into the job after his parliamentary expenses claims became the subject of close scrutiny, and then scandal. What had Laws done, and what are we to make of his return?
Like many of those Westminster-watchers, I'm happy to take Mr. Laws at his word. I'm content to believe that he never intended personal or corrupt gain, that his motive was not greed but was a desire to conceal his sexuality. But that doesn't excuse him or his behaviour.
George Osborne is undeniably a political animal. He has had numerous political coups like in 2007 when his inheritance tax cut pledge helped spook Brown into bottling the election, but there is a serious job to be done.
After the celebrations of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee and now looking forward to the London Olympics the coalition is heading into more turbulent political waters due to the on-going Eurozone crisis.
Occasionally, among the static noise of 24-hour news, there comes a speech that matters. Yesterday's by David Cameron, on welfare reform, was one of them.
By emphasising their established long-term commitment to a better world for future generations and widening their sphere of interest, the Greens may have a brighter future than they think.
The truth is if the Legal Aid Bill is passed we the taxpayer will be left with millions of knock-on costs. This is something Ken Clarke and co. are desperate to keep away from peers and the public.
People are rarely objective. This is particularly true when it comes to what we think of politics and politicians.