Sir Keir Starmer sounded wittier and looked far happier than he usually does, and also more dangerous.
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The Prime Minister engaged in demeaning exchanges with the Leader of the Opposition, but will be worried by a lack of support on his own side.
Although he adds that “substantial commitments” have been made in the global battle against climate change.
A number of ministers tipped for removal in the reshuffle were nowhere to be seen.
The Labour leader found, as did Howard, Cameron and May, that it is very difficult to control Johnson’s animal spirits.
He was placed under no real pressure by the Leader of the Opposition, whose questions were far too long.
The Prime Minister meanwhile offered the House not much more than an ounce of facts.
WATCH: Downing Street press conference. The Prime Minister sets out which lockdown restrictions are set to ease.
“If we can’t reopen our society in the next few weeks… then we must ask ourselves when will we be able to return to normal.”
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Do you really care how Hancock was sacked, or has that Westminster bubble burst?
The view one takes of the PM and the Leader of the Opposition depends on whether one is by temperament a cavalier or a puritan.
“Millions of people made huge and very difficult sacrifices to follow the rules that his Health Secretary had introduced”, warns Starmer.
The British tradition of liberty, and of equality, demands that the PM be brought low, but today no MP quite managed that.
The Prime Minister’s response while Starmer grilled him on rape prosecutions has caused controversy.
The Labour leader for some reason declined to test fire the latest ammunition supplied by the former Downing Street adviser.
WATCH: PMQs. Johnson – “Thanks to the vaccine roll out…we’re seeing a shot in the arm for business”.
Starmer “would have stopped” vaccine success “by keeping us in the European medicines agency”, says the PM.
It’s given a series of mixed messages over what this means for people who want to go abroad – with troublesome results.