George Osborne claimed yesterday that he had been prevented by the Government from seeing the Combined Online Information System database containing details on spending in 12,000 key areas. Shadow Chancellor Osborne says that he made two requests to examine the database but was denied permission on both occasions.
Lord Mandelson has now stepped in, saying that Mr. Osborne must withdraw what he calls a "very serious allegation" which he states is untrue.
One man is going to be exposed as a liar, but who will it be? Both have a dubious record. "Uppercut" Osborne has been caught up in the expenses row after it emerged that he had repeatedly "flipped" his designated second home, netting himself a cool £748,000 in the process. Meanwhile, "Mangler" Mandelson (we thought about calling him "Marquess of Queensbury" Mandelson, but he has plenty of titles already) has twice been forced to resign after allegations of shifty goings-on and was also caught up in the notorious Deripaska Affair.
TWO MEN, ONE FIGHT. TWO LIARS, ONE WINNER. THE FIGHT OF THE YEAR.