David Cameron has been caught being less than kind about people from Yorkshire.
The prime minister's comments were caught by a live BBC microphone while he was rehearsing answers before a speech in Leeds today.
He is heard to tell an unidentified aide: "We just thought people in Yorkshire hated everyone else, we didn't realise they hated each other so much."
Cameron later explained to the BBC: “I was picked up saying something which was not meant to be broadcast but it was a joke.
“One of my aides had said to me that there were about five or six different bids from Yorkshire for devolution.
“I joked saying that Yorkshiremen had it in for everyone else and not for each other or words to that effect which was a total joke, but it’s been picked up and I suspect I will be getting a bit of gyp from this."
Some people rushed to the PM's defence:
I'm from Yorkshire and I hate many other parts of Yorkshire.— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) September 11, 2015
Anyone from elsewhere in Yorkshire who doesn't hate Leeds is lying to themselves and everyone else.— David Whitley (@mrdavidwhitley) September 11, 2015
Cameron lets entirely true thing about Yorkshire slip, everyone pretends to be outraged. http://t.co/hhztFwbO7b— Mike Bird (@Birdyword) September 11, 2015
loathe as I am to defend him Cameron is absolutely bang on about those vile Yorkshire people— Joel Golby (@joelgolby) September 11, 2015
David Cameron appears to have made a somewhat brave comment about Yorkshire people.. coming up on the BBC News Channel shortly— Robert Rea (@robertrea) September 11, 2015
And then there was Prezza:
No Prime Minster.
We don't "all hate each other in Yorkshire."
Only you. https://t.co/3lOWCB2VUW— John Prescott (@johnprescott) September 11, 2015
The recording is reminiscent of when Gordon Brown was infamously caught on a microphone calling Labour supporter Gillian Duffy a bigot.
(H/t to GuidoFawkes for the Cameron video)