IAIN Duncan Smith has been reprimanded for firing a machine gun into the air following yesterday’s budget speech.
The Work and Pensions Secretary pulled the AK-47 from its hiding place under the front bench and, holding it one-handed, discharged several rounds into the Commons ceiling.
He also howled in an unrecognisable language later identified as a combination of Old Gaelic and Japanese, before squatting on his haunches, sticking his tongue out and baring his teeth at each member of the shadow cabinet in turn.
Duncan Smith said: “Oh, for God’s sake, why is it considered so wrong for a politician to show a little passion these days?
“Why can’t you just be happy for me?”
The bullet holes in the Commons’ canvas ceiling join several made in the 1990s, when Speaker Betty Boothroyd discharged a Smith & Wesson into the air to restore order.