Caroline Flint, housing minister, added to the government’s economic problems yesterday.

She arrived at 10 Downing Street for cabinet yesterday morning with a set of briefing papers, visible to waiting cameras, that included a forecast that house prices would fall by 5 to 10% “at best” this year – in contrast to the government’s insistence that there is still strong demand for homes. Ms Flint later said the estimate of a 10% fall was “not a government figure”. Financial Times, The Times