THE war of political apologies escalated last night as prime minister Gordon Brown pledged all his clothes to a charity shop and began wandering about in the buff.
In his latest pathetic attempt to regain the initiative, Mr Brown said if politicians were to rebuild trust he must remove his underpants and become the living embodiment of their shame.
The bidding started yesterday afternoon when dozens of absolutely minted Tory MPs agreed to pay back the piddling small change they had spent on animal turds and moat polish.
Mr Brown responded saying Labour MPs would pay back twice as much, before Tory leader David Cameron said his party would pay back twice as much again and let poor people use their swimming pools at weekends.
Mr Brown then insisted that Labour would match the Tories pound for pound, let poor people use their pools seven days a week and lay on a free bar, including big bags of Kettle Chips.
Within minutes of Mr Brown's announcement Mr Cameron upped the ante by stripping to the waist and scrawling the words 'I AM A GREEDY SHIT' on his chest before inviting a Macmillan nurse to hit him across the face with a cricket bat.
A day of high drama at Westminster ended shortly before 11pm last night as the prime minister held an impromptu press conference during which he removed all his clothes and stood silent and motionless with his hands on his hips as a single tear ran down one of the cheeks on his face.
Mr Cameron is now expected to tell his shadow cabinet to strip naked, get down on all fours and let unemployed people ride them around Trafalgar Square while thrashing their milky-white buttocks with a rolled-up copy of the Daily Telegraph.
Meanwhile, in a desperate bid to keep the story alive, the Telegraph is to reveal the supermarket receipts of random members of the public, starting tomorrow with you.
A spokesman said: "That's an awful lot of cucumbers for just one person, is it not?"