I expect there will be a few furrowed brows in CCHQ tonight regarding what David Cameron said earlier today and then later had to clarify.
Regarding recognising marriage in the tax system he first said:
It’s something within a parliament I would definitely hope to do... We’re not able to give people absolute certainty on everything.
So in other words an aspiration that could not be guaranteed.
But by later this afternoon, lo and behold it was described as something he felt very strongly about and:
It’s something we will definitely do in the next parliament.
So he went from "not able to give people certainty" to it being something they will "definitely do" in the space of a few hours.
The run up to the election is when people really start focusing on what the party leaders are saying. Cameron cannot afford too many more moments like this. Before he knows it the "dithering" line he has used against Gordon Brown will be coming right back at him.
I noted in a piece I did for Lib Dem Voice recently that none of the 3 main party leaders have yet been tested in the fire of a general election campaign. To be honest though I was not expecting Cameron to be found wanting so early in the opening salvos.
He will need to raise his game and quickly.