David Cameron’s last PMQs was as entertaining as you’d expect. ‘The diary for the rest of my day is remarkably light,’ he said in answer to the traditional first question about his day. The Blair-worshiper in him will remember Tony Blair’s last PMQs, when he spoke about his P45 and started finished with: ‘that is that: the end’ – to enjoy a then-unprecedented standing ovation. Cameron, then opposition leader, stood up to join in then gestured for Tory MPs to do the same. Most did.
This time, Cameron had prepped his own last words: ‘Nothing is impossible. I was the future, once.’ And with that the Tory benches stood up in applause, as joined by spectator in the public gallery. At first, they were alone. But then Tom Watson, who had been singled out for praise by the soon-to-be-ex Prime Minister, joined the ovation (albeit not standing up). Some Labour MPs – including David Lammy and Stephen Pound – also rose to their feet. And then some Scottish nationalists joined in, in spite of a warning from Angus Robertson having said earlier that they would not be applauding, on account of Cameron being such a villain.
It seems love is all around: for one afternoon, at least.