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28 November 2007: 'Stalin to Mr Bean'

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A tough prime minister's questions for Gordon Brown got worse when Vince Cable took to the floor and remarked that the prime minister had undergone a transformation from "Stalin to Mr Bean".

In recent weeks, Chancellor Alistair Darling had faced criticism for his handling of the Northern Rock crisis, the Treasury had lost two CDs containing sensitive data of over 25 million child benefit claimants, and a Populus poll found that the number of people trusting Mr Brown and Mr Darling to deal with the economy had slumped from 61% to 28%.

Mr Cable's jibe prompted uproarious laughter on the opposition benches, but even Labour MPs found it hard to stifle their smiles.

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