David Cameron ascended to the leadership of the Conservative party promising an end to "Punch and Judy politics".
Anyone wondering if this was a sincere promise need only to have watched Newsnight tonight. Alan Duncan was up against Quentin Davies.
Duncan was laughing hysterically when the studio came into shot after a filmed segment. He continued to punctuate his appearance with laughter to himself.
He wasn't kidding anyone. You could see the fear in his eyes.
He suggested Quentin Davies had joined the Labour party to get a peerage. Davies disposed of that one by reminding Duncan that he (Davies) has always voted for a 100% elected Second Chamber. He accused Davies of being "old fashioned". So what?
While Davies came across as considered and genuine, Duncan came across as snobbish, childish and ever-so slightly unhinged.
Paxman called the discussion a "cat fight" but that is unfair...to cats.