Every election campaign throws up gaffes and stumbles, many of them magnified to the point of gross distortion by the media either for partisan purposes or just because it makes for more interesting coverage than whatever it is the parties had planned for them to cover that day.

This week, though, it was like a full-on gaffe war as the major parties went toe-to-toe trying to outdo the other in a knock-down-drag-out take-no-prisoners slugfest of morons.