It is a taste of the tone we can expect in Britain’s election campaign.
A day after a ballot was called for May 6, the prime minister and opposition leader have clashed in parliament.
Conservative opposition leader David Cameron said: “This prime minister would wreck the recovery by puting a tax on every job, on everyone earning over 20,000, a tax on aspiration, a tax on every business in the country. This government would wreck the recovery.”
This was the last chance for a debate in parliament before it is dissolved ahead of the elections.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown hit back: “It’s the same old Tories. Mister Speaker, to think he was the future, once. We are the government that has plans for the future. They have nothing to offer, only a Labour government can do it.”
The Liberal Democrat leader, who could end up being a kingmaker, also went on the attack. He said neither Brown nor Cameron were “serious about political reform”.