Coffee House

PMQs old game

5 September 2012

It was straight back into the old routine at PMQs today. Ed Balls heckled the Prime Minister who shouted back, John Bercow managed to call several of the MPs who irritate the Prime Minister most, and Cameron was, perhaps, slightly ruder to Ed Miliband than he had been intending to be.

Miliband’s attack, followed up by several Labour backbenchers, was that no one should believe Cameron’s new initiatives on housing, infrastructure and planning given that the PM’s previous, much heralded initiatives on them have not delivered. The point is debatable. But Cameron responded, as he so often does, with a slew of insults — some clever, some not so. He declared that the fact Miliband brings the coffee to shadow Cabinet shows ‘just how assertive and butch the leader of the opposition is.’ I’m not sure whether using this level of insult is wise; it isn’t particularly Prime Ministerial.

The biggest news of the session, though, was Cameron refusing to rule out a third runway at Heathrow but promising to stick to his manifesto commitment not to proceed with a third runway this parliament. The Heathrow issue, with its Cameron vs Boris subtext, is going to run and run.

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  • J A Jones

    Is the PM trying to kid us that he is a stronger person than Silly Milly. Not impressed!

  • anyfool

    If Cameron was the thickest Prime Minister ever he would still look good against Goofy who is beginning to resemble Brown with his mouth not in kilter with the words spewing out, the thickest is debatable between Cameron and Brown but both could lose that sobriquet in 2015.

  • Alefrith

    If you care to watch any back numbers of pmq’s you will find that Cameron rarely if ever insults or slurs an opponent asking a civil question and only replies in kind to an insult when goaded.I believe its called common courtesy.
    If you then contrast that with Milliband who is prepared to and more frequently than not does throw insults,racial class stereotypes and inuendos ad nauseum as soon as he opens his mouth in order to wind Cameron up then you have my take on it.
    Who then is more at fault?

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