Ian Dunt is mistaken with his headline. Cameron could never be the underdog because people want the underdog to win. Corbyn’s winning streak means Cameron is taking his medicine – and we want this to go on, and on…
Jeremy Corbyn won PMQs again, just like he did last week and the week before. That’s a pretty strong winning streak. If he keeps this up, he’ll be considered the default winner of PMQs and it’ll be a shock when David Cameron comes out on top.
The key seems to be his intelligence and Cameron’s relative weakness in debate.
We’ll skip the first few questions, which This Writer has already covered elsewhere. Let’s move on to the NHS segment, which was just as much fun:
The prime minister flailed all over the place. He resorted to reeling off related statistics, for instance on doctor numbers, which were strictly irrelevant to the question he was being asked. And he tried to fall back on his broader criticism of Labour, in the same manner that a man might slump on an old sofa after jumping over a barbed wire fence. Corbyn had stuffed his team with Stalinists and Trotskyists, Cameron said. He won “full Marx” (no, the joke didn’t work spoken out loud, one wonders why anyone would think it would). He supported “crazy socialist” countries who cut their health services.
It was not a good look. No matter how proud the prime minister was of his prepared jokes, they looked churlish and irresponsible next to specific questions about the functioning of the health service.
Something about the chemistry between Corbyn and Cameron made the PM look complacent about elderly people’s deaths. His jokes weren’t funny or effective. Corbyn came out on top in an effortless way which made Tory MPs look uncomfortable.
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