Gordon Brown’s prime-ministerial ambitions lie in tatters today after he acknowledged that David Cameron’s accusation that “My dad would have beaten your dad in a fight” was "Probably correct".
Cameron’s attack on Brown’s father was followed by a further accusation that his brother is a “Big girl’s blouse” however this was denied by Mr Brown who likened his sibling to a “More like a bit of a wuss.”
Lord Mandelson defended Mr Brown by acknowledging that “Whilst Mr Cameron senior is certainly bigger than Mr Brown senior, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he would have been victorious in a physical fight because Mr Brown senior was a schoolboy boxing champion, and anyway as a deeply devout Christian he would not have wished to engage in a fight with anyone except a radical Muslim, and there is no doubt he would have kicked the shit out of him or her.”
Nick Clegg responded robustly to Cameron’s suggestion that he had a “Spotty botty” and that Cameron himself was a "Mardy, mardy mustard, who can't eat custard”.
The BBC’s Nick Robinson said that “Today’s political accusations and denials show that Mr Cameron’s days on the playing fields of Eton were not wasted and that he honed his political debating skills during this time, and on one occasion even ordered his political ally Boris Johnson to “Mabel, Mabel, set the table.”
Jeremy Paxman is preparing to interview Mr Cameron in the next few days but would not be drawn on why he was spotted in Waitrose brandishing discount vouchers for brands including Colmans and Birds.