26/12/2014 05:07 GMT | Updated 26/12/2014 05:59 GMT

The 12 Best Political Slapdowns Of 2014

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British Prime Minister, David Cameron (R), Britain's Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg (2nd R) and British opposition Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband (L), react while listening to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's address to both Houses of Parliament in the Royal Gallery of the Palace of Westminster on February 27, 2014 in London. German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Britain Thursday to stay in the EU but played down David Cameron's hopes that her visit to London would bring major reforms. The British premier rolled out the red carpet in his bid to woo fellow conservative Merkel, who gave a speech to both houses of parliament and was due to have tea with the queen. AFP PHOTO/POOL/OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Politicians can be a feisty bunch when they get going, and 2014 has shown that the standard of debate has been especially fiery.

When times get tough, political figures can be frankly vicious in their off-the-record briefings, and just as blunt in their official swipes and insults.

We've rounded up the 12 most pithy putdowns and stinging swipes from the past 12 months.

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