The Treasury has been somewhat of a Ministry of Magic under Rishi Sunak - whatever the issue, this Chancellor has been ready to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat.
With hundreds of new coronavirus cases a day in Scotland and thousands in England, a second national lockdown now looks inevitable.
The contrast at prime minister's questions today could not have been greater. In the red corner we had Angela Rayner, a fiery, northern, woman who left school at 16 vs Boris Johnson, an Old Etonian, former member of the Bullingdon Club.
Analysis: Why using Gers figures to argue for or against Scottish independence is fundamentally flawed
The publication of the annual Gers report on Wednesday will likely be seized upon by opponents of Nicola Sturgeon's SNP government as evidence of failings in the economic case for Scottish independence.
In any normal government, losing one Cabinet secretary might be regarded as misfortune, but losing four begins to look a bit more like carelessness.
ANALYSIS: John Swinney’s exam results U-turn was a dramatic bid to draw a line under the fiasco but the memories will linger
As far as humiliating U-turns go, there can’t have been many more spectacular than John Swinney’s volte-face on the exams fiasco that has plagued pupils over the last few days.
"Hallelujah!", Tory former minister Sir Desmond Swayne cheered as Boris Johnson announced restaurants and bars could once again open their doors south of the border.
'Attack, attack, attack!', so Manchester United fans regularly demand of their players at Old Trafford.