"He seemed unfamiliar with the trick of appearing to open up without really saying anything," writes Aitkenhead. "Having decided to be more forthcoming, I think he was unsure about how to judge where to draw the line. He basically just told the truth - and far away from Westminster, it didn't seem that shocking."
Poor Darling, his comments are now being blamed for everything - from undermining the Prime Minister's Autumn relaunch to causing the pound to slide to a record low against the Euro and a two year low against the dollar.
Meanwhile UK mortgage approvals fell 71% in July, the the lowest level since records began 15 years ago, according to the Bank of England. None of this bode's well for tomorrow's relaunch aimed at reviving the housing market.