Can’t believe that the last time I posted an analysis of Prime Minister’s Questions was on April 7th. Such a lot has changed since then.
The biggest change in Prime Minister’s Questions is that David Cameron answers questions. What a pleasing change from the Gordon Brown era. By the way, where is Gordon Brown? What’s the point of being an MP if you don’t turn up to Parliament. I seem to remember that Margaret Thatcher occupied the back benches for a while.
Onwards to the analysis. While Cameron was commanding, the biggest smile came from Harriet Harman when she talked about CCTV , and how she’d talked to Theresa about it. Not apparently Theresa May, the Home Secretary, but Theresa from a housing estate in her constituency. Big chuckles all round, and delivered in an appealing self-deprecating way.
While Harriet comprehensively lost the argument with Cameron over electoral registration and boundary changes, she, never the less, put in a good performance.
The Football Connection: For footie fans it was good to see Cameron agree to have the flag of England fly over Downing Street while England are in the World Cup. The other point I noted was that in wishing England success in the World Cup, Cameron wished Capello and the team good luck. Nice that no one player was picked out, but that Capello was mentioned.
Marks out 10, not easy when the opposition is not fielding its first team, and no really tough questions or answers. Cameron: oozing control and competence - 8 out 10; Harman: competent yet underwhelming - 7 out of 10. Odd not to have a Lib Dem to mark.