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Warm up acts at PMQs [Dec. 9th, 2009|12:32 pm]
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The $64,000 question for Labour MPs ahead of Prime Minister's Questions today was whether Gordon Brown could repeat last week's rare trouncing of David Cameron. Alas for them, it didn't happen. Of course, today the two leaders were only the warm-up act for Alistair Darling's pre-Budget report which followed.

Cameron asked three questions about Afghanistan following his weekend visit. Brown said he was pleased the Tory leader had been able to go (if you believe that, you'll believe anything). But there was little disagreement between them. Things livened up a bit when Cameron changed tack to MPs' expenses and the economy but it didn't really take off. Brown did not repeat his jibe about Cameron's Eton education which receieved so much attention a week ago. He tried to re-run last week's "the more he speaks, the less he actually says" (invented by Douglas Alexander, the International Development Secretary). Today he told Cameron: "He has lost the art of communication but not alas the gift of speech." Not so punchy. Later he said Tory policy on renewable energy was "all wind and no turbine." Enough said. Cameron 0, Brown 0
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