Question Time was a pretty sombre affair today, even without the Prime Minister.
Gordon Brown is in Brussels so Harriet Harman stepped in for 30 minutes dominated by today's unemployment figures.
William Hague, deputising for David Cameron, appeared to pull his punches as the Tories decide this is not the time for political knockabout.
He did attempt to link Gordon Brown with the crisis, based on the PM's claim to have avoided a return to boom and bust.
Sharper questions about whether the Government would take responsibility for the state of the economy came from the backbenches.
Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price suggested Harriet Harman apologise over "the failures in policy and the weakness in regulation that have contributed to the current economic crisis".
In response, Harriet Harman read out a (slightly surreal in the circumstances) prepared reply to a different question - about Iraq.
Perhaps Ms H was too embarrased by Britain's economic problems to remind the Commons of those MPs who have trumpeted economies that are currently in an even bigger mess?