David Cameron rebuked for calling Ed Balls a “muttering idiot” — PMQs 23 May 2012

David Cameron rebuked for calling Ed Balls a “muttering idiot” — PMQs 23 May 2012


Well, I think the Honourable Gentleman is
entirely right. And I’m sure that he welcomes the enterprise zone in Bristol and also the
support for the animation and television industries. What we need to do, both in Britain and in
Europe, is to combine the fiscal deficit reduction which has given us the low interest rates
with an active monetary policy, with structural reforms to make us competitive and with innovative
ways of using our hard-won credibility, which we wouldn’t have if we listened to the muttering
idiot sitting opposite me. [Applause] In order… In order… [Applause] Order! Order! [Applause] I’m very worried about the health of the Health
Minister, who’s so overexcited he might suffer a relapse. And I’m a compassionate chap, I
don’t want that to happen. But the Prime Minister will please withdraw the word “idiot”.
It’s unparliamentary. A simple withdrawal will suffice. We’re grateful. Of course, I will replace it. I will replace
it with, “The man who left us this enormous deficit and this financial crisis.”

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