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10 October 2007

Pulsing viscera

Prime Minister's Questions comes to life

By Martin Bright

Don’t they just hate each other. We may complain that the ideology has been sucked out of politics, but Brown and Cameron were at it like pitbulls today and it was horribly compelling. Cameron knows that Brown hates the personal stuff more than anything. But it’s not the “bottler” insult that hurts most (he’s been called that on and off for at least a decade). It’s the charge of dishonesty he can’t abide. So you can bet Cameron will keep worrying away at that particular wound.

It has been a terrible time for Gordon Brown. He dealt well with Monday’s press conference because the media pack allowed themselves to look discourteous. But no one expects the Tory leader to be polite. At PMQs Brown was clearly rattled by the sheer vitriol of Cameron’s attack. The response will be swift and brutal.

I hear the only subject of Monday’s Parliamentary Labour Party meeting was Lord Ashcroft and the money he has been pumping into the marginal constituemcies. Ashcroft is David Cameron’s biggest weakness. The peer’s influence means the Tory leader is not entirely the master of his own party (something that cannot be said of Brown). However much Cameron chips away at Brown’s reputation for integrity, he cannot escape the fact that he has allowed his party to be bought up by one extremely rich man.

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