In the last PMQs before the summer recess,
David Cameron first asked about the Government’s climbdown on Home Information Packs. He then went on to list a series of other Labour policy reversals including police mergers, planning reform and laws to protect public servants.
A feisty Tony Blair responded by listing the Tory leader’s own policy forays: the British Bill of Rights proposal, English votes for English laws, ‘hug-a-hoodie’, the delayed exit from the EPP and obfuscation on nuclear energy. None had gone well, he suggested.
David Cameron looked angry when he said that the Prime Minister should answer questions – not keep raising his own questions. In the best line of PMQs he said to the Prime Minister – ‘I know he doesn’t like being interrogated but the way things are going at Scotland Yard he better get used to it!’
Ming Campbell raised the topic that David Cameron should have raised – the crisis in the Middle East. The LibDem leader invited the Prime Minister to attack Israel’s "disproportionate" response to the attacks from Hezbollah. The Prime Minister disagreed with the premise of the question and defended Israel’s right to eliminate the terrorist bases that were being used to rocket attack its own citizens.
John Redwood asked why the economy of Ireland had grown four times faster than the economy of Scotland since 1997. The Chancellor wasn’t only guilty of disloyalty, Mr Redwood concluded – he was also incompetent.
PS Sat alongside Tony Blair for the second week in a row was Home Secretary John Reid. The Daily Politics Show calculated that he nodded more than 200 times last week as the Prime Minister spoke. It gives new meaning to the expression ‘yes man’.