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And minister for parliamentary business Bruce Crawford added: "The opposition are scraping the bottom of the barrel and only coming up with inaccuracy and innuendo.
EastEnders has long been a show where misery reigns supreme, but the show's producers are really scraping the bottom of the barrel if this kind of shock tactic is the only thing they can come up with to attract viewers.
Outspoken former NZRL star Mark Geyer said: "New Zealand is scraping the bottom of the barrel to pick a bloke who is much a Kiwi as I'm from Somalia.
But combine a low budget and low imagination and you will starting scraping the bottom of the barrel.
I think we're really scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to turn Agbonlahor into a Scot.
I'm a fair-minded person, but as a practising Catholic I think she is scraping the bottom of the barrel.
We were scraping the bottom of the barrel to get a squad together and everybody was talking about Dunfermline in negative terms.
THE Conservative party are really scraping the bottom of the barrel in their Cathcart by-election campaign.
Once again we are scraping the bottom of the barrel for signings and it is a disgrace.
ITV is now so desperate for viewers that they have reached an all-time low, really scraping the bottom of the barrel with this rubbish.
She said: 'They are really scraping the bottom of the barrel with this gimmick.
Simone Simmons, a close friend of the princess, added: "This is scraping the bottom of the barrel.