Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee appeared a little muddled while chairing a panel debate at last week’s Managers in Partnership conference. Turning to health minister Mike O’Brien, she demanded to know how he was going to cut NHS administration costs by a third.

Looking slightly baffled, he paused, before saying something about regional budgets needing to be devolved down to PCTs.

A typical politicians’ answer that failed to address the question - or perhaps because the pledge about admin costs was actually made by the Conservatives?