BBC News asks "Why does the sum 7x8 catch people out?"

Flurrish director Mike Smith was interviewed for BBC News today after the slightly embarrassing times-table refusal by UK Chancellor George Osbourne. We understand why he refused to answer - he didn't want a Stephen Byers re-run!!

But really... if the Education Secretary wants 9-YEAR OLDS to know this stuff, surely the expectation that those running the Treasury should have some numeracy skills is not unrealistic?