Punch and Judy politics reached a fresh nadir as a Tory MP used sausages to attack Labour’s spending plans.
Conservative Leo Docherty praised the award-winning sausages of a local butcher in a Budget debate, telling MPs the cut to business rates helped boost the trade in bangers.
But things took a turn for the wurst when the MP for Aldershot squeezed in an attack on shadow chancellor John McDonnell, suggesting he was a Marxist who might wish to nationalise sausages.
He said: “I think wholesale economic devastation would be caused by Labour’s nationalisation plan, I don’t know if they plan to nationalise sausage production.
“I hope not.”
Mr Docherty had been stringing together an analogy comparing the consumer choice allowing Aldershot locals to enjoy high quality sausages to the food shortages of the Soviet Union.
He said: “The lesson really is the importance of choice.
“When freedom of choice is applied with the free flow of capital and labour and protected by property rights and the rule of law of course we have a flourishing free market, which is the great genius of our economy and many economies of the west.
“We must call out at every turn the Marxist ideology of the opposition front bench.
As Mr Docherty spoke, shadow chief secretary to the treasury Peter Dowd shouted “how were the sausages in Soviet Russia?”
Tory MP Alex Burghart later returned to the comment, telling Mr Dowd: “They were awful, they were so bad they were made with wood chipping.
“It was said that the people of Soviet Russia preferred to eat sausages that had gone off because at least they knew they had been edible at some point.
“That was what Marxism did to the sausage, that was what Marxism did to the people of Russia.”