Jeremy Corbyn wasn’t short of material to work with at PMQs. But it ended up not being as bad for Theresa May as one would have predicted.
In purely parliamentary terms, Corbyn’s mistake was to try and blend policy into his criticisms of the divisions in government. This enabled Theresa May to mock Corbyn’s attempt to present himself as the person listening to businesses’ concerns. He would have been better off playing the whole thing for laughs.
Perhaps the most interesting part of PMQs came straight after the session. Jacob Rees-Mogg got up to object to what Corbyn had said about him. Rees-Mogg complained that, contrary to what Corbyn had claimed, he hadn’t moved a hedge fund to Dublin. Rees-Mogg said Corbyn should correct the record or be a ‘peddler of false news’. Corbyn, who was sitting on the front bench, declined the opportunity to respond. I suspect that this is the closest we’ll ever get to a Corbyn Rees-Mogg clash at PMQs.