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PMQs sketch: It's not easy being green

PMQs sketch: It's not easy being green

by Anoosh Chakelian / 23 Oct 2013 13:31

"It's not easy being green," a morose puppet once sang, wearing a perpetually fixed smile while perching sorrowfully on a selection of hard green and brown benches, alone. The lyrics continue: "When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow... or something much more colourful like that."

But the only hue Kermit the Cameron was today was blue - in more ways than one. For he began singing that signature tune the moment Ed 'the Eagle'

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PMQs sketch: Cameron's perfect present

PMQs sketch: Cameron's perfect present

by Sam Macrory / 09 Oct 2013 15:42

Back in the early 1970s, a single-digit aged David Cameron probably had high hopes for his birthday presents. Some toy soldiers (which young David isn’t allowed to play with as much as he'd like)? A sparkling new train set (protestors not included)? A Mickey Mouse towel? Fast forward to 2012, and birthday expectations seem to have dipped faster than an Adam Afriyie popularity rating.

"The best birthday present I could want is the

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PMQs: Comedy and complacency

PMQs: Comedy and complacency

by Sam Macrory / 11 Sep 2013 17:02

Ed Miliband’s turn at the Trade Union Congress on Tuesday had been a little on the quiet side. A ripple of applause here, a cheer most definitely not there.  The Labour leader needed to generate some noise.

But with economic figures not exactly helping the Labour’s leader previous mantra that the government’s economic plans were a shambles, his latest attack is to attack the government for its complacency.

Telling someone to stop being pleased with

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PMQs: Cameron contains his anger... for now

PMQs: Cameron contains his anger... for now

by Sam Macrory / 04 Sep 2013 15:00

For a man with a reportedly explosive temper, David Cameron's performance at PMQs was a master class of self-control.

He was seething. The warning signs were there from the start.

Whatever Ed Miliband did or did not promise the prime minister ahead of last week's vote on Syria, Cameron's estimation of the Labour leader - which it's safe to say was already at the low end of the dial - has plummeted through the red

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PMQs: Tempers v temperance

PMQs: Tempers v temperance

by Anoosh Chakelian / 17 Jul 2013 13:06

It was telling today that every time Ed Miliband or a Labour MP asked a question about Lynton Crosby, and his lobbying links to tobacco, David Cameron hit back with a mention of Labour ignoring recent favourable “unemployment figures”. Is it just a coincidence, or will the PM’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ be added to those figures at some point down the line?

Certainly the Labour Party hopes so, launching an onslaught of backbench questions regarding

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PMQs: Donation Nation

PMQs: Donation Nation

by Anoosh Chakelian / 10 Jul 2013 12:51

What’s the difference between a trade union chief and a hedge fund manager?

Surely there’s a hilarious punchline on a lollystick or Penguin wrapper somewhere, but this question was no joke at PMQs today, characterising the debate between the two leaders.

Ed Miliband tried to deflect the fact that his position of power is due to union votes by attacking MPs having second jobs (lucky his big brother had already fled, but spare a thought

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PMQs: The School for Scandal

PMQs: The School for Scandal

by Anoosh Chakelian / 03 Jul 2013 12:37

For a flickering, yet doomed moment, we thought they’d act like adults. Or sixth-formers at least. A sombre exchange over Egypt’s political crisis ­– upon which Ed Miliband used three of his precious questions – suggested a mellow PMQs where sarcasm is merely tossed perfunctorily like a feather over the despatch box. One of those. One for the grown-ups.

But no, as talk turned to rising class sizes in primary schools, and new schools being

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PMQs: Not very statesmanlike

PMQs: Not very statesmanlike

by Anoosh Chakelian / 27 Feb 2013 12:49

 

Today’s Prime Minister’s Questions – or Barked Deflected Statements, as it will officially be known as once the government finally cracks down on mislabelling – was a let-down from both leaders. Such a display could represent the main reason, aside from serious sexual harassment allegations and ill-advised duckhouse ownership, behind so many people being turned off by our politicians.

Under the guise of a discussion of our economy’s recent credit rating

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PMQs: A Dickensian tale of welfare and woe

PMQs: A Dickensian tale of welfare and woe

by Charlie Critchell / 19 Dec 2012 13:21

In the last PMQs before Christmas recess there was little goodwill on display as the House engaged in yet another raucous session.

After a respectful start exchanging pleasantries over the government’s proposal for troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, an expectant Commons chamber lay poised in anticipation for the Labour leaders impending line of attack. It soon came, though not in the usual animated fashion, but methodically cranked up in the form of welfare and

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PMQs: Apocalypse later

PMQs: Apocalypse later

by Anoosh Chakelian / 12 Dec 2012 13:00

Upon 12/12/12, David Cameron’s celebration of today’s news that unemployment numbers are down as “welcome” rang rather hollow – too little, too late, considering the world would end at 12 minutes past 12. Conveniently slap-bang in the middle of PMQs.

You see, this dirty set of dozens is seen as the end of the world by some doomsayers, including the obligatory excitable conspiracy theorists, those wrongly interpreting the Mayan calendar, and Tory backbenchers  predicting

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PMQs: Bishops, police and nurses galore

PMQs: Bishops, police and nurses galore

by Anoosh Chakelian / 21 Nov 2012 13:03

It was bishops, policemen and nurses galore today – but this wasn’t some kind of kinky fancy dress party, this was the House of Commons at midday on a rainy Tuesday.

However, after a gentlemanly attempt at an adult discussion about Gaza and Israel by David Cameron and Ed Miliband, in which the former favoured negotiation above running to the UN, PMQs unfortunately soon descended into the usual anarchic atmosphere more suited to

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PMQs: understudy Cleggers stands in to face Harman

PMQs: understudy Cleggers stands in to face Harman

by Anoosh Chakelian / 07 Nov 2012 13:00

As across the Atlantic, the leader of the free world is reinstated to rescue the universe from certain economic Armageddon, in our own cradle of Western democracy, two understudies are talking at each other about rodents.

Harriet Harman, deputy Labour leader and Ed Miliband’s stand-in for one day only geared up for her first gag of the afternoon (or year?): “I’m beginning to have sympathy with the member for Mid Bedfordshire” – that’s celebrity Tory-botherer

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