Wednesday was not a good day for Tristram Hunt.

In the afternoon, the former TV historian laboured through his first big Commons outing as shadow education secretary, being mocked by Michael Gove for his past comments on free schools.

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  • In the evening, the newly appointed member of the shadow cabinet received an even more forceful humiliation at the hands of Jeremy Paxman, who refused to let the plumy parliamentarian off the hook about Labour policy. When asked if he would allow his own children to go to schools with unqualified teachers, Hunt refused to answer - fives times.

    Watch as the MP for Stoke-on-Trent buckles around three minutes 35 seconds.

    Of course, it wasn’t quite as bad as this vintage piece of political chicanery….

    But it was probably on a par with Blinkey Ben.

    As Phil points out, "it was like watching a lion rape a sheep..."

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    • Brown vs Boulton

      For one glorious second it almost looks like the two gents are about to come to actual blows, which lets face it, would be an utterly fantastic wonder. My money would be on Brown.

    • Brown (again) vs Himself

      Watching Brown's face, not to mention election chances, crumble live on TV is a behemoth of a spectacle, Shakespearean in it's utter tragedy.

    • Lord Pearson vs His Own Manifesto

      A monumental failure to misunderstand the fundamentals of politics.

    • Diane Abbot vs Neil

      Superb piece of grilling here as a continually smirking Portillo looks on clearly enjoying every squirming second...

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      Sometimes negotiating the interviewer is the easy part.. The best thing about this clip is the first crack 11 seconds in. From that moment on this unfortunate gent has a look in his eyes of someone who knows he's doomed...