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TORY politicians rarely need a helping hand to look foolish, but few are better at exposing their idiocy than the SNP’s Joanna Cherry.

The latest Conservative on the chopping block was Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough. Such was the level of his nonsense, the Speaker of the House, John Bercow, helped Cherry wield the axe.

Addressing Parliament, Bone made clear his intention to seek retribution for what he saw as a grave insult issued by the European Council president.

In an earlier speech in Brussels, Donald Tusk said there was a "special place in hell" for those who “promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan to carry it [out] safely".

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In keeping with his party’s modus operandi, The Tory MP proceeded to focus exclusively on the parts of the quote which best served his purposes. In this case, that meant leaving out the qualification which specified the remarks were not aimed towards all Brexiteers.

“The president of the European council has said that there is a special place in hell reserved for Brexiteers,” Bone incorrectly said.

He added: “I don’t recall, sir, any president insulting member of this House, member of the Government and the British people in such a way. What mean is open to the House or the Government to respond to such a completely outrageous insult?”

By the sound of the comments during Bone’s statement, there was a clamour to deride the Tory MP.

It was the Speaker, Bercow, who landed the first blow. He said he was unaware Bone “was in any sense a delicate flower, that he was capable of being a quickly and severely injured soul, by virtue of ad hominem remarks of others”.

“If in fact it is the case that he’s been developing a sensitivity,” the Speaker added, “and he feels insulted … well then I’m sorry for the honourable gentleman.”

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Cherry had the honour of finishing off the humiliation. 

Much to the delight of opposition MPs, and – as the smile on her face would suggest –herself, the SNP MP read out Tusk’s full quote – thus exposing the inaccuracy of the initial statement.

We'll leave the honour of the last word to Cherry.

“Well, Mr Speaker, sometimes the truth hurts, doesn’t it?”