When two tribes go to war...

Sometimes, politicians are accused of living in their own world, far away from the everyday concerns of normal people.

They're not like you and me. They don't know how to eat a bacon sandwich, they don't know how much a pint of milk costs.

And sometimes, they do their very best to live up to that hopelessly out-of-touch image.

Step forward, Michael Gove and Theresa May, who've managed to turn a ludicrous bit of in-fighting into full-blown government chaos.

This is, to say the least, a rather complicated affair. Try to keep up...

Michael doesn't think much of Theresa's counter-terror chief, Charles Farr. Theresa, meanwhile, thinks Michael messed up when he didn't act on warnings four years ago that Islamists were targeting some schools in Birmingham. Her letter to him, saying as much, mysteriously ended up in the press. Charles Farr's partner is Fiona Cunningham, who until Saturday night was Theresa May's special adviser. She's resigned, amid questions about how that letter was leaked. Michael Gove, meanwhile, has apologised to the Prime Minister and Mr Farr....

Now, you're probably going to want to pause for a moment, and let that sink in.

Here we are, a year away from a general election, and two vital government departments go to war, in public.

Resignations and apologies flow, after Downing Street intervened in what was becoming a very toxic row -- not about the core issue -- whether people have tried to force an extremist ideology onto children -- just a row between politicians out to nobble each other.

It's no wonder David Cameron's so angry. Here's a fight between two people who quite fancy his job, with half an eye on what might happen if the Prime Minister can't pull off an outright majority in 2015.

All they've probably done is boost George Osborne's hopes of getting that top job.

We've been here before. The Conservative Party spent the latter of its eighteen years in power in the 80s and 90s tearing itself apart over Europe, senior figures happier to knock lumps out of perceived rivals than concentrate on the opposition.

The end result? The biggest Labour majority in history in 1997. 

 All this bickering, briefing, and jockeying for position is all very well if you want to be the leader of the opposition. If on the other hand you want to be Prime Minister, you have to win an election.

And while voters don't expect to like their politicians, they usually want them to at least look like they're concentrating on important matters of state, rather than just insulting each other.