Red and redder
I haven’t done a review of Prime Minister’s Questions for a while. Other people, such as Dan Hodges and Lloyd Evans, do them better; they are not the most important parliamentary occasions; and the point-scoring “who won?” mentality that surrounds the event is a bit puerile. None of that would stop me, but I have a self-denying ordinance in respect of commenting on Ed Miliband until 2014.
Still, someone asked me what I thought of the Leader of the Opposition’s “performance”, so I told him:
Hopeless, really. Two hours later and I can’t remember much about it, except that EM made personal and silly remarks about David Cameron’s complexion and temper. “The Government’s in a mess, isn’t it?” was the substance.
The whole thing is opposition for opposition’s sake. The opportunistic positioning on Lords reform, on which I thought Cameron was quite right to say that Labour’s position was to “vote yes and then vote no”. The clever quotation followed by the mock innocent, “What went wrong?” The description of a few tense words with Jesse Norman, the Tory rebel, last night as “fisticuffs”. None of it has got anything to do with how an alternative government would run the country.Tagged in: pmqs
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