It could have just been a bit of Westminster knock-about. But would George Osborne have called Chris Bryant a "pantomine dame" if he wasn't gay?
In the Treasury questions, former minister Chris Bryant had accused the Chancellor of taking delight in playing the role of “Baron Hard-Up”, the father of Cinderella. Osborne's response to Bryant was “At least I’m not the pantomime dame.”
Labour MPs called on Mr Osborne to withdraw the comment and Mr Bryant shouted that the remark was “homophobic”. After the Commons exchanges Mr Bryant, the MP for Rhondda, said “I don't think he would have said that phrase if I was not gay".
It seems so odd these days that with so many gays in the Tory ranks - just look at Reading Council - that these lazy insults are tolerated. When it really comes down to it, they are the same nasty party of old.