Last Tuesday’s vote for the “Charter for Budget Responsibility” saw Labour – under the direction of Balls – troop through the division lobbies with the Tories to vote for fiscal restraint. Guido hears that Tory deputy chief whip Greg Hands was greatly enjoying this rare moment of swine aviation, standing at the entrance to the “aye” lobby loudly telling Labour MPs entering “this way for The Cuts”. Apparently the SNP teller opposite was in fits of ecstasy as various Labour MPs (particularly those from Scotland) did little to hide their anger as they stomped through. “The vast Jimmy Hoods looked tempted to deck him”, says Guido’s co-conspiratorial elected witness.
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