For some reason George Osborne and David Cameron can not stop themselves from making fat jokes about communities secretary Eric Pickles.
The chancellor's latest 'friendly' gag came during his Spending Review statement in the Commons on Wednesday.
"My Rt Hon friend the communities secretary has set an example to all his colleagues by reducing the size of his department by 12% and abolishing 12 quangos," he told MPs. Osborne added to cheers all around: "He is the model of lean government."
Pickles took it in good humour and smiled - at least he did on the outside.Suggest a correction