The former Secretary of State for Wales was left forlornly signing a huge pile of paperbacks of Our Currency, Our Country while the hacks fired questions at him in the hope of catching a hint of dissent.
Was this the opening shot in a Tory leadership campaign? Why had Mr Redwood first cancelled the official launch of his book and then staged a hastily arranged signing? Had he been strong-armed by the Prime Minister? Had his talks with the whips been enjoyable? Was his anti-European stance splitting his party?
But Mr Redwood steadfastly toed the line. "I am singing from a very similar hymn sheet to the Chancellor," he said. "The Cabinet is absolutely right to say `no' to a fudged single currency. This book says there is very unlikely to be anything but a fudged single currency on offer."