Alastair Darling was left red faced today when the proposed bank bail out was postponed.
The chancellor was poised to transfer £100 billion into the banking system when he suddenly realised he had forgotten his ATM pin number.
"I'm sure it is my wife's birthday," said a red faced chancellor, "I'll have to wait a few days to get a new one sent to me."
Mrs Darling said, "My birthday indeed! He always forgets it."
A spokesman for Mr Darlings bank said "This is not uncommon. He still has access to his internet account though so the bail out should still go ahead."