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GIMSON Andrew Krieg

Hywel Williams, for the Welsh nationalists, produced a flash of anger from Theresa May, by claiming she wants “a soft Brexit for her friends in the City” and “a hard Brexit for everyone else”.

This elicited a hard stare from the Prime Minister, and the icy insistence that she will be working to get “the best deal for the United Kingdom, all parts of it”.

Jeremy Corbyn could inflict no such wound. It was unfair last week to compare him to a car park attendant in Skegness. An apology is in order to any readers who may be following that honourable trade. They could think up better questions than Corbyn.

For although he asked about Brexit, he got nowhere. At one point he accused May of creating “unnecessary certainty”, and only managed to change the second word to “uncertainty” after a pause for thought.

He was testy but harmless. He is useless at cross-examination, and always will be. If he were a cricketer, one would say it is wrong both for him and for the poor bloody spectators to let him go on playing week after week at this level.

Corbyn’s last two questions were about human rights in Saudi Arabia: a worthy subject, but by switching to it he implied that even he thought he was getting nowhere on Brexit.

Luciana Berger (Lab, Liverpool Wavertree) produced another flash of prime ministerial annoyance by asking when she expects to achieve “equality for mental health”.

May had already answered several questions on this topic, and said she would have expected “cross-party support” on improving the level of provision.

Tania Mathias (Con, Twickenham) wanted to know how we can possibly build a third runway at Heathrow while also complying with pollution laws. She got nowhere, but at least she had shown that Zac Goldsmith is not alone.

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