I FEEL sorry for the Welsh, but only because Welsh Questions took place immediately before PMQs and the hubbub from the crowded chamber drowned out anyone trying to get a word in.
But on to PMQs. Sir Peter Tapsell kicked things off. Known as “Goldfinger”, he usually asks about gold reserves but made some silly attack on GB on the economy. GB swatted him aside effectively.
Then Do-Nothing had a go on the VAT rise that never happened. I do think his pained, injured expression is getting a bit tired. At 12.08 our side noticed that the benches behind Do-Nothing were remarkably quiet and unresponsive during his rant (I lost count of how many questions he had asked by then, on account of them all sounding the same).
Do-Nothing’s “Enron” jibe was a bit laboured but went down well on his side. “He’s been found out and New Labour’s dead!” he shouted before sitting down, red-faced and exhausted. The clunking fist swatted this aside. A very sure-footed performance from him, which went down well on our side (shouts of “more” have become more frequent from our aide recently).
Verdict on Clegg: he did that creepy thing with his hand again (how long before he starts getting called “The Claw”?) and started banging on about “fairness”. And possibly kittens as well, but I had stopped listening by then. He really is massively ineffective in the House, even when he’s saying something sensible (not all that often, to be fair).
My Glasgow colleague, Ian Davidson, made a typically funny and class-ridden comment about “rich kids” who “just don’t get it”, before Brooks Newmark stole the show by asking the PM to name one western country with greater debt than the UK. “America,” said Gordon, curtly, before sitting down to a roar of approval from Labour MPs. Probably the highlight of the session.
Final score: Gordon – 8, Cameron – 5, Clegg – who?