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The last PMQs show [Apr. 7th, 2010|01:23 pm]
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The last session of Prime Minister's Questions of this parliament and, the Tories were keen to remind us, possibly Gordon Brown's last as Prime Minister.  Everyone wondered whether he and David Cameron will have changed places by the time the Commons meets again next month. Today's exchanges took a long while to warm up. The Tory leader opened with the lack of helicopters in Afghanistan but it didn't fly. He got into his stride over Labour's decision to raise national insurance contributions (NICs) next year, which the Tories have pledged to block. Cam said the move would "wreck the recovery." Brown, rather inevitably, turned the argument back on to protecting public services.
Cam was on top but went over the top when he claimed "half the country" was Tory now. Brown had a soundbite up his sleeve, telling Cam "he was the future once" -- the line Cam used devastatingly against Tony Blair when he became Tory leader. It  wasn't quite so good today, not least because it didn't ring as true: Cam might soon be the future.
Nick Clegg broke with convention by referring to the other leaders as "he and he", going for a "plague on both your houses" approach as he claimed Labour and the Tories had blocked LibDem plans for political reform such as party funding. His pre-cooked soundbite was to tell Brown:"You have failed. It is over. It is time to go." Final score:Cam 2, Brown 1, Clegg 1.
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From: amiable_rent
2010-04-07 01:48 pm (UTC)

hi

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YES. SCORE. FIRST COMMENT! Hi mum.
From: rozr
2010-04-07 01:58 pm (UTC)

More than half the country was Tory in 2005. It'll be more now.

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Nothing whatsoever about saying half the country is Tory. More than half the country was Tory in the 2005 election if you counted individual votes - but Labour still got a thumping majority.

So let's not fudge the issue, Mr Grice.
From: bryanmcgrath
2010-04-07 11:56 pm (UTC)

Whatever the question, Laurel and Hardy are NOT the answer

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Just another PMQs more hot air than actual debate. Stan Laurel a.k.a. "Call me Dave" Cameron could not hold a dead gerbil to account. He loves to catch the old reactionaries, such as Skinner and Ronnie Campbell, with a pantomime performance "he's a tory, oh no he's not". Those two will be carried out of the commons feet first, (or they will go straight to the geriatric ward - they are already there - oh no there are not!).

Really nobody came believe Laurel and Hardy a.k.a. Cameron and Osborne are the solution to ANY question worth asking