Good on Steve Maharey. I've long held that swearing is entirely Big and Hard and Clever, and frankly, it is infinitely preferable to the sort of embarrassing schoolyard shit that normally goes on in the debating chamber when people want to have a go at each other. I'd much rather have MPs who tell each other to get fucked than MPs who make smug innuendos and what they choose to believe are Wildean putdowns (but which actually have the same guile and sophistication as the average online April Folls Day "joke").
I have to say I gained respect for Mr. Maharey by him saying what he thinks. Of course, I lost it all instantly when he tried to backpedal and claim he said something else, but there you go.