Today’s proceedings were about as watchable as a game of cricket where the batsman does not actually have to face the bowling in person.
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Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Johnson seduces the House, and talks away his mistakes, by promising a rosy future
There were moments when the PM made everyone from the Speaker down laugh, and most of his listeners were grateful for light relief from the crisis.
WATCH: Before Prime Minister’s Questions, Hoyle accuses Ministers of treating the Commons with contempt
“I now look to the Government to rebuild trust with this House,” he says, as he confirms that the Brady amendment won’t be called.
A Conservative leader can afford to take on his left or his right – but not the 1922 Committee’s Executive
The Brady amendment is part of the developing story of a clash between leaders and backbenchers over Party management, culture and MPs’ status.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: There is a place not just for smiles but for Samuel Smiles in the Chancellor’s vision
Dodds, replying for Labour, claimed Johnson’s motto is “The buck stops anywhere but here”.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Johnson stymies Starmer the Just by accusing him of being negative, disingenuous and soft
The Leader of the Opposition was infuriated by these charges, but had forgotten the imperative need to be brief.
Starmer obliged the Prime Minister to take him seriously: something Corbyn never achieved.
The new Leader of the Opposition put Raab on the defensive, but has not yet discovered the transcendent virtue of brevity.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: A diminution of our body politic at which the hairs on Rees-Mogg’s head protested
The Commons agreed to hold virtual sittings, but admitted that these will greatly impair its ability to hold the Government to account.
WATCH: “The House is meeting today in extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances”. The Speaker’s statement.
Lindsay Hoyle kicks off proceedings today that are novel even in Parliament’s long history.
The date at which lockdown should end is debatable. That MPs and peers should be debating it is not.
Plus: And a Coronavirus Social Justice Minister. Give thanks for Starmer. And: it’s time for a Virtual Parliament.
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.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Johnson discovers the merits of brevity, and says nothing against hypocrisy
The PM accused Corbyn of being “negative”.