Standing here on the show floor, we keep seeing snippets on US TV showing the agony of the Big Three, as their bosses fight for understanding at a senate hearing.

At one stage, a peanut-brained senator participating in the Washington subsidy hearings asked car company chiefs to indicate, by show of hands, who would put his corporate jet up for sale that day and fly home on a scheduled airline.

Spiteful TV hosts – as if specially tutored within the portals of our own Daily Mail – dug up queues of unqualified professional whingers to complain throughout the day about the perceived arrogance of Detroit's big bosses who had 'refused to make the cars people want'.

Never mind the fact that just a few years ago the 900,000-a-year Ford F150 pick-up was the US's best-selling model... because people wanted it.

Nobody bothered to point out to the vast TV audience what we show-goers had learned that day, namely that the two most economical family cars in the US next year, the Fusion and Malibu, would be offered by GM and Ford, not Honda and Toyota.

Everyone seemed ridiculously intent – even at risk of putting as many as three million Americans out of work – not to help the Big Three as a way of punishing their overpaid chiefs.