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PMQs: It’s Cameron’s turn to have some fun

23 January 2013

1:47 PM

23 January 2013

1:47 PM

Last week at PMQs, Ed Miliband had great fun, mocking the wait for David Cameron’s Europe speech. He lampooned the Prime Minister as the weak leader of a divided party. It was a performance that disturbed even some normally calm Number 10 aides.

But this week, it was Cameron who was relishing PMQs. By the end of the session, he was even telling Dennis Skinner — who normally brings out the Prime Minister’s irritable side — that he might agree with the speech Cameron is  giving in Davos tomorrow.

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Now that Cameron has set out his position, Miliband is under pressure to follow suit. Miliband appeared to rule out a referendum, responding to Cameron’s taunts with the line ‘No, I don’t want an In/Out referendum.’ He stressed that it was Cameron who had shifted position not him, pointing to the fact they had both voted against an In/Out referendum back in 2011. But after the session, Labour spinners were trying to add some caveats to Miliband’s line.

Cameron will also have been cheered by the Tory response to the speech. He received a rapturous reception on arrival in the Chamber and every question from Tory MPs on the matter was supportive. He said that he wanted to campaign for Britain to stay in. But it is significant that at the moment he won’t publicly contemplate what he would do if the renegotiation failed comprehensively.

I suspect that this mood of Tory unity won’t last forever, though. A year or two after the next election, if there is a Conservative-led government, the party will find out what Cameron has got back. At that point, every Tory will have to decide whether or not they can campaign for Britain to stay in the EU.

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  • Colin

    You’re all in it together. We’re just an annoying irrelevance to the Political / Media Complex.

    Meanwhile, I see and hear the BBC in full “Charter Breach” mode. By the tone of the reporting you’d think nobody in the UK, at all, had any issues with the EU, in its current form.

    • telemachus

      correct
      Most do not

    • DWWolds

      On the Today programme this morning they gave most of the time during which Cameron was speaking to Mandelson. At lunchtime on the World at One it was Charles Kennedy’s turn.

  • wycombewanderer

    The conservatives now need to be ruthless in exploiting the divisions that will inevitably occur in labour after little eds latest gaff.

    • telemachus

      labour are pretty relaxed on this
      They are confident that as with Major and Thatcher the Tories will hang themselves

      • Damon Knight

        They both won elections

    • George_Arseborne

      There will be no split in Labour for little issue like EU. Clegg is out savaging the lose speech for his backbencher. Peoples welfare and Economy are the most important not a media licked speech. Again good fir his backbenchers but not so sure that the UKIP Tories will trust a liar like Cameron

  • wycombewanderer

    Ed Moribund says:

    January 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Yes.

    My only policy is to oppose all other policies. Unless another party
    also has the policy to oppose policy, in which case I would be against
    opposing policies…I think.

    I’d better just check with the unions first.

    Hat tip to ed moribund at guido

  • Jebediah

    Miliband and Labour on every single substantive issue: “We don’t know what we’d do, but we wouldn’t do that.” Time for them to tell us what they would do… or is that too hard?

    • telemachus

      No
      Hold powder dry
      Ed Balls wins the chamber week on week

      • Jebediah

        You are about the saddest most sycophantic troll I have ever seen. Get help.

        • Chris lancashire

          I’ve already told his dad to make sure he takes his medication. Trouble is, his dad is away a lot.

          • telemachus

            if you read these pages we are promised that Ulysses returns

            • Chris lancashire

              Yes, but he’s still away son, hence the problem with your medication.

            • Colonel Mustard

              Ulysses has returned, thank goodness, as a sane counterpoint to the drivel churned out by you and the imported Labour voter arseborne.

              • telemachus

                Instructive that the two bullies support each other
                LikevFlashman and Thrasher

        • Chris lancashire

          Blimey Jebediah, there’s another one here with medication problems. Either that or he’s been to the local comp for English.

    • George_Arseborne

      Just excited like Cameron, you failed completely to hear Milliband answered NO to EU Referendum. Only 6% of voters are interested in this EU stuff. Ask Lord Arscroft. The address this morning was for thise Tory backbenchers not the natiin. Shame on weak Cameron

      • DWWolds

        Perhaps. But a good many more voters are interested in the effects of the great swathes of immigration from the EU and the impact that has on their jobs and prospects of social housing.

    • Colonel Mustard

      It is if you are constantly waiting to see which way the wind blows and/or waiting for a stumble from the Coalition so that you can exploit it by hook, crook or smear. If that is the only underlying “policy” it becomes reactive and wholly negative. What are the Labour party for? Only to articulate hatred and blame against the Tories from what I see. And even that is connived at by dodgy statistics, lies, smears, double-dealing and a lot of shameless hypocrisy.

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