Daily Express proprietor in strange outburst shock.

How bizarre.

Mr Desmond started singing "Deutschland uber alles" as he mocked a German group's bid for the Telegraph.

The Guardian's version is a bit longer.

Mr Desmond said: "They're all Nazis." Mr Deedes replied: "That is thoroughly offensive. Could you please sit down so we can start the meeting?"

Mr Desmond replied: "Don't you tell me to sit down, you miserable little piece of shit" and then launched into what witnesses described as "a stream of foul-mouthed abuse, both personal and general".

Mr Desmond added: "After three years dealing with a bunch of crooks I'm starting to enjoy this. You sat down with that fucking fat crook and did nothing." This was an apparent reference to Lord Black. Various other expletives were hurled at the Telegraph directors as the rant unfolded.

When Mr Deedes expressed further dismay, Mr Desmond said: "Do you want to come outside and sort it out, then?"