The Leader of the Opposition looked rejuvenated, but Johnson declined to oblige him by looking in the slightest bit worried by the Greensill affair.
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The Prime Minister defends the humanitarian protections on UK exports and British overseas aid to Yemen.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Kindly impale yourself on the sharpened stakes at the bottom of this hole
It is not good for the Commons for the Prime Minister to win such easy victories, and may not even be good for Johnson.
Johnson the politician laid an ambush for Starmer, inducing him to deny ever having wanted Britain to stay in the European Medicines Agency.
WATCH: PMQs – ‘It was most regrettable that the EU should seem to cast doubt on the Good Friday Agreement’
Amidst mounting unionist and loyalist anger, the Prime Minister pledges to “work to ensure that there are no such borders” around Northern Ireland.
Under pressure of the pandemic, the Prime Minister has gradually discovered how to strike the right note of unadorned sorrow.
WATCH: PMQs – “I and the Government take full responsibility for all the actions” during the pandemic, says Johnson
“There will indeed be a time” for lessons – but “I don’t think that moment is now”, he adds.
The unenviable role of humourless teacher trying to discipline an impudent schoolboy was played by the Leader of the Opposition.
The Prime Minister says the department thinks it will be able to “rectify the results of this complex incident”.
The questions are posed with a ponderousness that recalls Polonius as his most sententious: too much evidence, too little wit.
The Prime Minister was obliged to listen to some advice from Wellingborough Conservative Party: “Say the first thing that comes into your head.”
WATCH: On Covid, the Government has dithered. On Covid, the Opposition has carped. Competing narratives clash in the Commons.
Johnson says in response to Starmer that “the Government has listened to scientific advice at every stage”.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Johnson launches a diversionary attack on Starmer for being a North Londoner
Only with the benefit of hindsight will it be possible to see what game the Prime Minister is playing in the Brexit negotiations.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Johnson stands on the brink of humiliation, but reaches for a recycled joke
Starmer, accused of being a total abstainer, drew blood by recalling how the PM had once run away to Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister fields questions from all sides about the practical and ethical issues surrounding the rollout.