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PM goes to war with Newsnight.

Eddie Mair | 10:08 UK time, Thursday, 12 March 2009

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Paxman and Mair.

It's war.

To be fair, Newsnight have been doing jokes on their newsletter for a lot longer than us. But recently, in an effort to boost spirits during the creditcrunchcrisiscrunchrecessioncrunch we have started sending out jokes gifted to us by newsletter subscribers. On Friday the joke was this:

"And now today's joke, sent in by Gary Thomas:
"I went to the zoo the other day but all it had was a dog. It was a Shih Tzu.""

This morning an email arrives from Colin Leverett. It seems our joke from Friday became their joke yesterday:

"Eddie,

You want to have words with that Esler chap over on Paxmanight. First he pinches your editor; now he's after your newsletter jokes ."

They are just across the corridor from us, and we are considering our next step. This is not acceptable.

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