Did it come from space? Was it the message in those 13 radio pulses from halfway across the universe?
How else do we explain the governmental change in Universal Credit provision that came in a big welcome wave last week?
First came a pause in rollout, putting the brakes on a further three million people moving to UC and instead looking at a pilot scheme covering 10,000.
It could be argued that a pilot scheme has been undertaken using the hundreds of thousands already on Universal Credit. The mess wrought by the five-week delay in payment enforced for new claimants patently proves the delay is a punitive one. But that is moot. Millions more people are not going to be immediately clobbered.
Then there was the reversal of a benefits cap on families with more than two children. And finally a High Court judgement ruled that the assessment method was wrongly interpreted by the government, costing claimants dear.
Amber Rudd, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said she was looking to make the system “compassionate and fair”, not words we are used to hearing from her predecessor Esther McVey.