Threats to have money taken away from schools, hospitals and high streets unless members voted to undermine the commissioner.
Ministers sent out on the airwaves the morning after the vote, to call for her to reconsider and consider her position.
And a sham committee proposed so the government can set the judge and jury for future cases.
This was a deliberate course of action.
But the government was caught off guard by the public outcry, and they’ve climbed down.
Mr Speaker, this wasn’t a tactical mistake … It was the prime minister’s way of doing business, a pattern of behaviour.