First of all, it was good to see John Prescott looking strong, after what must have been a fairly devastating bout of pneumonia.
Bizarrely the exchange got on to the classics. Prescott said:
"It seems that while I was away the Leader of the Opposition had something to say about me too."
"He described me as a cross between Ernie Bevin and Demosthenes."
To roars of laughter from the Tory benches, he added. "When I read classics and Greek mythology at the Ellesmere Port Secondary Modern School we learnt about Narcissus.
"He died because he could only love his own image. He was all image and no substance."
Mr Hague said: "I'm sure 'Dame Osthenes' will be very flattered that he has singled her out for praise today."Cue: Self-satisfied and snobbish laughter all round from the former public school and Grammar school boys on the Tory benches.
But the last laugh is on Prescott. He has had this public schoolboy snickering at his syntax and language throughout his career. But he was grafted his way up from waiting on tables in the merchant navy, via Ruskin college to being Deputy Prime Minister for ten years. It is a major achievement. While I feel no empathy towards Blair, I do feel some warmth towards Prescott. With all his bumbling marginal competence, his gaffes and his right cuts, and while not minimising his adultery on government property, he is a real "man's man" in the old fashioned sense of the phrase. Despite his and the government's errors, the Labour government has been fortunate to have him as a stable backbone over the last ten years.