David Cameron was in a particularly irritable mood at Prime Minister’s Questions today. But he did what he needed to do and made clear that ‘prisoners are not getting the vote under this government’. It seems there may be another Commons vote to further demonstrate the will of the House on this matter. If there is, it’ll be fascinating to see whether the Attorney General, who is far more concerned about upsetting the Strasbourg court than his Conservative colleagues, chooses to excuse himself.
Ed Miliband enjoyed mocking the Prime Minister and the Chancellor in his questions; I’ve rarely seen the Labour leader more confident on his feet at PMQs. But Cameron, even on slightly poor form, now has a ready-made response: to point to the encouraging economic news. His remark that ‘the good news is going to keep on coming’ is being taken by many as a sign that the Prime Minister has a reason to believe that tomorrow’s GDP figures will show the country is out of recession. This will give the coalition a chance to really push its message that the ‘economy is healing’.
I suspect there’ll also be attention to Tom Watson’s question about a paedophile ring linked to a previous Number 10. What evidence there is for this claim, though, remains unclear.