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PMQs: An easy ride for Cameron

11 June 2014

1:29 PM

11 June 2014

1:29 PM

David Cameron strolled through today’s session of PMQs. Ed Miliband chose not to raise the question of what the Cabinet Secretary’s investigation into the May/Gove spat had found but to ask several, serious questions on the Birmingham schools row.

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Miliband’s argument was that it was unclear who concerned parents should tell if they feared their school was being taken over by extremist elements. But Cameron was able to point out that local government accountability was not the answer as ‘Birmingham City Council failed in its duties’.

The Labour leader then moved on to passports. He didn’t score any hits on this in the Chamber but the Tories should be concerned about this issue. A reputation for competence will have to be one of their strengths in 2015 and a slew of stories about families having to cancel holidays because of poor government service is going to put a dent in that.

One striking aspect of today’s PMQs was how Tory MPs in marginal seats kept using the session to get publicity for their local jobs fairs. The questions might be tedious but they do garner good coverage in the local press for these MPs. It is another sign of how the Tories are determined to wring out every last drop of incumbency advantage.

Cameron was in relaxed form today, he didn’t go red as he so often does at PMQs. When the Labour MP Pamela Nash joked that one of his answers had put the image of Cameron in Speedos in her mind, he reassured her that the company made shorts too. But his best moment came when a Labour MP suggested after the last week that he should call Roy Hodgson for some tips on team discipline, this gave Cameron a chance to extol the virtues of his top team. Indeed, his answer was another reminder that the reshuffle—when it comes—will be a fairly limited affair.

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  • Mynydd

    Mr Miliband monumentally ineffective, not so, he fired the opening shots on Passports. From now until the end of the holiday season it will be, the ******* family had to cancel their holiday, at great expense, because their baby’s passport didn’t arrive. This will be the song from Labour backbenches each and every PMQ. The bit I liked was that Mrs May had taken her eye of the ball because she’s fight Mr Gove.

    • telemachus

      Even I have to detract
      For goodness sake let us have a charismatic coup

  • Peter Stroud

    I thought Miliband was monumentally ineffective. He gave Cameron as easy ride over the schools issue, and his wagging index finger became quite irritating, and distracting. He could have taken the wind out of Cameron’s sails, by showing pleasure at the unemployment figures. Then criticising him for the passport fiasco, blocking those workers from spending their money on well deserved overseas holidays.

    • Mynydd

      Mr Miliband monumentally ineffective, not so, he fired the opening shots on Passports. From now until the end of the holiday season it will be, the ******* family had to cancel their holiday, at great expense, because their baby’s passport didn’t arrive. This will be the song from Labour backbenches each and every PMQ. The bit I liked was that Mrs May had taken her eye of the ball because she’s fight Mr Gove.

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    • HookesLaw

      There is no passports ‘fiasco’. There is typical trade union ‘stop the cuts’ propaganda.

  • swatnan

    Full marks to EdM for being a Statesman and resting the temptation to slug Dave and descending into gutter politics. Its the new Labour Strategy.

    • Kitty MLB

      Ed Miliband being statesman, I clearly missed this Damascus, moment .
      Is this supposed to make us see him as potential PM material ?

  • Terence Hale

    Hi,
    “PMQs: An easy ride for Cameron”. Mr. Cameron a master of common sense, practical, efficient, adamant in respect to Hr. Juncker, just one thing, have a little patience with Russia.. Not being a Winston Churchill I take reference to him.

  • crackenthorp

    you saw a completely different PMQs to me but i forgot you are biased and so you must “big up” Cameron or you might get the sack

  • alabenn

    serious questions on the Birmingham schools row
    Nothing about the hundreds British Muslims fighting in terror organisations in Iraq and Syria.
    What has to happen before these witless fools in Parliament, actually do something to prevent the same people bringing back their methods to towns and cities in the UK.

  • John Dalton

    How nice for Mr Slippery to get an easy ride. Give me ten minutes with him and I’ll make sure he gets anything but – and I speak as a former Tory voter.

    We have a culture and ideology that despises us growing within our midst. We have complete failure on the pledge to bring down immigration to the tens of thousands (a ridiculously foolish thing to have said in the first place). We have cultural displacement rife across the nation and anger and resentment at boiling point. We have increasing lawlessness. We have an out of touch political class that despises us. We have lefties in charge of all our institutions from top to bottom (Cameron probably approves of that). But we do have foreign aid and gay marriage. But hey, Dave, have an easy ride.

    • telemachus

      We have a culture and ideology that despises us growing within our midst.

      *

      We have a sinister EU elite enraged that the plebs are threatening their cosy sinecures.

      *
      You are so right
      I will deal with the second first
      This is easy
      We withdraw from the EU now without waiting for a referendum
      The public will forgive us when the economy collapses
      *
      The second is a little more difficult
      However
      First shut the Mosques
      Station Hammond’s expanded Territorials outside each and every Mosque throughout the UK
      Draft in Peter Clarke to take direct control of the Muslim majority schools
      Open Concentration Camps on the Isle of Man and Isle of Wight to ship anyone causing trouble through this policy
      *
      You see it is simple
      Do not bleat
      I do not like your council of defeat

      • Tom M

        Too many “seconds” I’m lost. Is the first a reply to the second part of the original post or is the second reply a reference to your own list of the original post but in a different order?
        I like the idea of closing mosques though.

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