But there were a couple of moments of levity – though both men agreed that this is no time for it.
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WATCH: Corbyn’s last PMQs. “My voice will not be stilled, I’ll be around, I’ll be campaigning, I’ll be arguing,” he says.
Given last December’s election result, this news will not necessarily dismay Conservative activists and voters.
To the astonishment of those who see him as an incorrigible buffoon, the Prime Minister looked and sounded unremittingly sombre.
Corbyn refused to pull together.
Javid’s resignation statement contained jokes but also warnings. “I’m a low-tax Conservative,” he said, and the Treasury “is the only tax-cutting ministry”.
“COBRA is a reference to Cabinet Office Briefing Room A – it is not the only room in which meetings can take place, Mr Speaker!”
WATCH: Culture clash. Johnson and Corbyn differ on the deporting of offenders who are foreign nationals to Jamaica.
The first is for, the second is against – at least in this case. A reminder of how stark December’s election dividing lines were.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: We wait for a new Opposition leader to take the fight to the Prime Minister
And we shall not see a new Leader of the Opposition at Prime Minister’s Questions until 22nd April.
He should be scrutinised as fiercely as he himself scrutinised Delors as a journalist 30 years ago.
Needed: a phrase book which captures the boldly meaningless tone of political debate.
WATCH: The Prime Minister “might recall saying that climate change is a primitive fear without foundation”
Corbyn says of the Prime Minister his “vivid imagination seems to have taken over from his memory”.
“Labour just want to keep people in the welfare trap. We want to help people into fantastic jobs.”
Seldom have the politics of magnanimity been used so skilfully to baffle dissent.
PMQs – “It’s now been almost three years since the government promised a green paper on social care… What’s the hold-up?”
Plus: What Johnson was supposed to do about Iran from Number Ten that he couldn’t do from Mustique is mysterious. I imagine that it has phones and the internet.