Thursday, 11 October 2007

PMQs 10th October 2007

It's back - and boy it was brutal. Readers of the Poliblogs from the early days will know that every week I do a round up of PMQs and then score the battle. The running total is on the right hand side of this blog. The Poliblogs started at roughly the same time as Brown took over as PM, so the tally score represents every battle Cameron and Brown have had.

Prime Minister's Questions - Brown V Cameron - Place your bets now.
Well I wish I had placed a bet. Cameron tore into Brown not so much on his blatant theft of policies but for being a "phoney". Robert Neill asked Brown if he would congratulate the Tory authority in Bromley on its recycling record - Robert offered to show Brown Bromley's "bottle banks".
Daily Referendum

First blood to Cameron
Cameron is at his derisive, aggressive best. Everything Brown says is being greeted with hoots of derision.
Coffee House

Bear Baiting
Well, he WAS kicked. And soundly. You could tell Gordon Brown was nervous when he arrived in the chamber. He was still wearing his smart blue suit (a Timothy Everest number, apparently) and his erstwhile lucky lavender tie. But he was a bundle of nerves, twitching, running his hands through his hair and chatting ferociously to his neighbour, Alistair Darling, as Welsh Questions drew to a close, doing anything to avoid eye contact with the massed Tory benches opposite.
David Jones

A clunking performance
Today's PMQs saw the pantomimic glory of proper combat. But Brown's Soviet-esque approach to debate may yet be his undoing.
John Harris

Gordon Brown's Shirley Temple Moment
Well, as the air traffic conteoller in Airplane might have said, guess I picked the wrong day to quit blogging. It was the day the media got their revenge and it was the day Gordon's friends didn't (or wouldn't) come out to play.
Iain Dale

PMQs: Ming v Gordon
The exchange between Ming and Gordon was much shorter - it’s about 12 minutes in, and lasts 90 seconds - and is reproduced below. Both questions are perfectly valid, and make good points. One thing I’ve noticed about Ming’s approach, though, is that he asks very short questions. This has three effects:
Lib Dem Voice

Character assassination
Character assassination. That, in two words, was David Cameron's approach to Gordon Brown at Prime Minister's Questions.
Nick Robinson

PMQs - The Verdict
From foot and mouth to terror attacks, the summer saw new prime minister Gordon Brown convince the country he was the best person to deal with a crisis. Unfortunately for Labour the confidence this gave Brown and his advisers led them to engineer a monumental political crisis of their own.


It was Punch and Judy stuff and Brown was punched around like a rag doll. The first big win of the Brown vs Cameron saga - two points to Cameron, no question. Brown looked like a lost child being bullied in the playground. It was pitiful!

And to think only a few weeks ago it was the Tories calling for Cameron's head... how the tables have turned.

Brown 0

Cameron 2

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