You have to feel sorry for Dave 'Man of the People' Cameron; first there's Nicholas Winterton's spectacular foot-in-mouth, now it's Heseltine lumbering out of hibernation and foretelling doom to all and sundry, like something out of the darker recesses of Greek mythology.
According to the Times, 'The former deputy Prime Minister said he would "put money" on a hung parliament, with the Tories the largest party. Mr Cameron would then be forced to call a second election later this year to seek a proper mandate to govern.'
With new research showing Cameron's poll lead eroding fast, things could be looking bleak for his party. It's a sobering thought that the electorate may actually be swayed by Brown's media antics, but even without them, the Tories are hardly helping their own cause.
No sooner has Winterton raised the spectre of moats and duck houses - could he really have been unaware of the impact his remarks would have? - than a senior figure casts doubt on their hopes for victory in the forthcoming election.
Self-fulfilling prophecy, anyone?
Update: Michael Portillo has added his pennyworth to the debate with an article in the Sunday Times deploring the indecisiveness of the Tory party and claiming "The Conservatives are failing the grit test".