Cameron may have started a comedy trend in the House

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David Cameron’s newly-acquired predilection for using comedy catchphrases during parliamentary debates may start a trend.

His advice to the humourless Angela Eagle to ‘calm down dear, calm down,’ and his decision to quote a line from a Benny Hill song to slap down a Labour back-bencher have livened up Hansard.

It may not be long before George Osborne ends a budget speech by shrugging his shoulders and muttering ‘just like that’.

Cameron may then turn and say: ‘There’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into, George.’

Even the Speaker could get in on the act. Instead of the usual pompous putdowns, he may decide to begin PMQs by leaning forward in his chair and shouting: ‘Fight!’