Theresa May in Parliament (not today – image is for illustrative purposes only).

This was an appalling error of judgement and descent into poor taste by Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions today:

Under pressure from Jeremy Corbyn, who was questioning her on her so-called “fair funding formula” for schools that will see each state school pupil lose seven per cent of their current funding, in real terms, by 2020 – on top of 6.5 per cent in previously-announced cuts, Mrs May did something unforgivable.

When Mr Corbyn pointed out that she was starving state schools in order to support her own grammar school vanity project, Mrs May attacked him for sending his own child to a grammar school.

This was a huge mistake, for the following reason:

Mr Corbyn never wanted any child of his to go to grammar school and it we are told his marriage ended because of arguments on this subject.

Mrs May’s comment was, therefore, not only completely inaccurate but highly personal – and may even have been intended to disorientate the Leader of the Opposition.

It was just about the lowest of low blows she could possibly have tried to land.

And the public noticed.

This is a prime minister who is not above attacking her political opponents by using their children against them, and who will exploit their private-life traumas for her own gain.

Let’s all watch her own approval ratings plummet as this sinks into the public consciousness.

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