PMQs SKETCH: Just Press Record and Replay, Week by Week

They’ve decided it’s not worth preparing all morning for it and decided to do this week what they did last week.

If you think there’s “a cost of living crisis” you will have approved of the Opposition leader’s repetitions. He referred to the long term unemployed, the rise in energy prices, the Tory complicity in legislating for green levies, the energy company that has an “obsession with dividends” without being in any way interested in “getting prices down for consumers”?  But he had no answer to the rebuttal.

Cameron called it “same old Labour” but it may not be. Miliband’s price-defying approach hasn’t come to full maturity but it’s shaping up for something more deluded than Labour has attempted in living memory.

What he believes can only be realised by – well, let’s not overstate it – World War III.

Elsewhere on the backbenches: A heavily pregnant Jo Swinson stood at the bar while her equality-conscious male colleagues packed themselves onto the benches. They didn’t want to risk a legal suit by offering her a seat.

Liam Fox pointed out the elastic values of the flexible Left which demand an inquiry when a celebrity’s phone is hacked but feels comfortable with 58,000 secret documents being leaked for the benefit of our suicide-bombing, cyber-savvy, nuclear-armed enemies.

Stephen Hepburn belted out one of the left’s old favourites at enormous volume denouncing the Government as “the political front of hedge funds”.

And Dennis Skinner surprised his detractors with a beautifully modulated plea on behalf of a dying (and now dead) constituent, shamefully treated by the fit-for-work assessment company.

Maybe the Speaker can reduce the front bench exchanges from six to three until something they find something new to say.




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Quote of the Day

Philip Hammond uses a trip to Berlin to mock the Foreign Secretary:

“A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece. Wise words with some applicability to the Brexit negotiations although I try to discourage talk of “cake” amongst my colleagues.”

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