The government was today playing down the furore that has arisen on both sides of the Atlantic regarding remarks made by PM David Cameron in an exclusive live TV interview broadcast on Fox News Channel in the US.
Asked by ace reporter Carrie Sharp about the predicament British women find themselves in raising a family during difficult economic times, the PM said:"It's tough for the average woman keeping several balls in the air at one time. Hubby's always pissed. Nanny's threatening to go on strike and constantly she's up to her fanny in credit card bills."
Michael Gove, Education Minister and personal friend of Cameron hurried to his defence last night: "There's no problem here I'm afraid. David was simply communicating his thoughts in words the Americans can understand. Would you like me to spell it out? All right I will.
"'Pissed' is US for 'annoyed'. Ok? Good. 'Fanny' is the equivalent of our 'backside'. All right? Fine."
Not everyone is happy with this explanation however. Harriet Harman, deputy leader of the Opposition responded angrily: "How dare the PM suggest that the average British woman has a nanny for her kids. It's outrageous."
Carrie Sharp for Fox TV said: "Mr Cameron was trying to show he's in touch with us folks over here. Maybe we'll be in touch with him as well someday - in about 2015, when he's out on his ass - that's 'donkey' in British by the way."