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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

All-time stupidest question in parliament*

The Hon. Brooks Newmark (Conservative, Braintree): "Only three countries in the developed world have a bigger budget deficit than the U.K. Can the Prime Minister name even one of them?"

The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown (Labour, PM): "America."

(Prime Minister's Questions, 26 November 2008, at 20 minutes 40 seconds into the BBC TV recording.)

Shortly after the laughter dies down, the next Conservative (Nicholas Soames, Mid Sussex) asks a question that begins, "Because of his mismanagement of the economy - and there are millions of them - will the Prime Minister..." Was it a heavy session in the bar for the Tories this morning, or what?

Zoz

* A marvellous achievement in a crowded field. Ed

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