Today’s PMQs was the last one before the holidays. But there was not much Christmas cheer on display. Cameron and Miliband clashed on the economy, with the Labour leader keen to drive home his line that the Tories are intent on taking Britain back to the 1930s.
Cameron had prior notice of Miliband’s first question because someone had seen the question on the Blackberry of a Labour staffer on the train and put it on Facebook. Armed with this knowledge, Cameron tried to defuse the attack by pointing out that he was only planning to return spending to, in real terms, 2002/2003 levels. He also had plenty of references lined up to Labour’s leaked anti-Ukip document, which warns that the Tories have a 17 point lead on the economy.
Miliband, though, kept plugging away with his 1930s lines, roaring, ‘It’s not about balancing the books but slashing the state. In four month’s time, that’s the choice.’
In the chamber, Cameron won the exchanges. But Labour clearly feels that this 1930s gambit is working for it, enabling it to paint the Tories as the fiscal extremists.