#pmqs a clear win for Ed. Cameron failed to answer a single question!
— Peter Hain (@PeterHain) December 14, 2011
Peter Hain is considered by Ed Miliband’s people to be something of an elder statesman, he was an early backer of Ed for leader and has reaped the benefit of that since. After what was a mauling at PMQs, judged one of Ed’s worst outings by many, Hain’s judgement was up there with the legendary Comical Ali. He reached for that old standby, blaming the Tory press…
Right-wing media full of praise for right-wing PM. Quelle surprise!
— Peter Hain (@PeterHain) December 14, 2011
Unfortunately in reality even the friendly left-wing press were underwhelmed. The Guardian’s Nicholas Watt, the Indy’s John Rentoul, Newsnight’s comrade Paul Mason, ubiquitous leftie Owen Jones and LabourList’s Mark Ferguson were all shaking their heads wistfully.
The more neutral observers such as the BBC’s Nick Robinson said that Miliband had “taken a pasting”, Total Politics described it as “excruciating to watch“. It was especially excruciating for Labour’s backbenchers and frontbenchers alike who go home for Christmas behind in the polls and on the wrong side of the public on Europe and the economy. Some are even talking of a Yvette Cooper / David Miliband dream ticket next year. That is how desperate they are getting…
Neo-Guido is in Russia nursing a hang-over and Guido is otherwise engaged. Sorry.
It seems Ed Miliband misled the House when he said that “under 13 years of a Labour Government, youth unemployment never reached 1 million…” The Department of Education statistics for young people not in employment, education, or training show that the number of young people who were unemployed under Labour hovered below a million all through 2008/09. However you can guess what happened in the third quarter of 2009 – the number of young unemployed hit 1,074,000, when the Work and Pensions Secretary was one Yvette Cooper. An apology to the House is the usual form…
Just in time for PMQs the Quarter Three donation figures reveal that 89% of Labour’s funding comes from the unions. With Dave buying land with £140,000 cash from a lobbyist you can see the dividing lines drawing themselves. Handbags at noon.
Ed Miliband’s usually most loyal supporters reacted on Twitter with dismay at the failure of the Labour leader to lay a glove on Cameron at PMQs:
full verdict at 1pm – but that was a bit of a flat performance from Ed today… #pmqs
— Mark Ferguson (@Markfergusonuk) November 9, 2011
Odd of Ed M to devote all 6 Qs to immigration given Labour's difficulties w the issue. Menace of Maurice quotes comes back to bite too.
— Will Straw (@wdjstraw) November 9, 2011
The not so loyal were sarcastic:
…well that went well…
— Dan Hodges (@DPJHodges) November 9, 2011
Ed M adopted the Paxman approach to questioning at #PMQs "You're in a mess aren't you?" Utterly hopeless.
— John Rentoul (@JohnRentoul) November 9, 2011
Cameron is somehow winning this by reminding voters Labour trebled immigration
— Tim Shipman (@ShippersUnbound) November 9, 2011
— Andrew Neil (@afneil) November 9, 2011
Cam knows he has won and risks a joke at EMil expense. Slightly cocky I think #pmqs
— Patrick O'Flynn (@oflynnmep) November 9, 2011
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Gyles Brandreth writes in his memoirs:
“Sunday, May 10, 1998
Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.
After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.
I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.
They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].
I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”