Speaking on Andrew Marr's Sunday morning show on the BBC, William Hague declared that: "The country is in a better state of preparedness now then it was a week ago for the eventuality of a tanker strike. I think they've handled that correctly." He did, however, say that Francis Maude's comments - which prompted safety warnings by the Fire Brigades Union - were a "technical error".
A technical error?!
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley told Sky News it was a case of "damned if you do, damned if you don't" over warnings about a fuel strike, adding that the government was "building resilience in the system".
And then there was the Green Party candidate for London mayor, Jenny Jones, who said the situation was "a shocking indictment" of the government's environmental policy, and ministers should have been "moving us towards a less oil-dependant economy" for the last two years.