The unenviable role of humourless teacher trying to discipline an impudent schoolboy was played by the Leader of the Opposition.
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Much the best way to embarrass its members at Westminster would be to hail them as friends and fellow members of the Establishment.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: Johnson beams like a schoolboy who has got his hands on an enormous cake
Like his most witty and nimble predecessor, Disraeli, Johnson finds that a majority is always better than the best repartee.
Simon Richards: Almost 15 years ago, I helped to set up Better Off Out. This deal isn’t perfect – but it delivers what we campaigned for.
The agreement that Johnson has obtained rights the wrongs inflicted by Major and a succession of Europhile Prime Ministers.
Starmer exposed factual contradictions in the PM’s statements: the PM preferred to defend Dido Harding, a damsel in distress.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Johnson has a bad first day back, with no plausible excuses for not doing his homework
Starmer had a success, conveying genuine moral indignation as he asked tough questions.
Iain Dale: Davey is the new LibDem leader. But only 57 per cent of his party’s members could be bothered to vote.
Plus: Any Questions, Cross Question, why Williamson and Gibb should go – and why Johnson’s masks policy isn’t a U-turn.
He also claims Scotland doesn’t have powers it needs to respond to the Covid-19 crisis “in the way that it should”.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Johnson would rather be “Wrong but Wromantic” than “Right but Repulsive”
Starmer finds himself the bearer of bad news, a Roundhead reproaching the Cavalier PM for holding out the prospect of a rosy future.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: The Prime Minister offers good-natured, commonsensical, rather fuzzy unity
When Starmer tried to cross-examine him in order to produce clarity, Johnson simply refused to engage.
But there were a couple of moments of levity – though both men agreed that this is no time for it.
To the astonishment of those who see him as an incorrigible buffoon, the Prime Minister looked and sounded unremittingly sombre.
Needed: a phrase book which captures the boldly meaningless tone of political debate.
The Prime Minister resembles a batsman who is enjoying himself.
Seldom have the politics of magnanimity been used so skilfully to baffle dissent.