Another Corbyn victory: Is Cameron now the underdog at PMQs?

Last Updated: November 4, 2015By

 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.

Source: Another Corbyn victory: Is Cameron now the underdog at PMQs?

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  1. Michael Broadhurst November 4, 2015 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    good, serve the arrogant b*****d right.

  2. hayfords November 4, 2015 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Were we watching the same PMQs? I haven’t noticed Corbyn coming even close to winning on any of the occasions. I suppose the difference of opinion would be an indication of our own biases. Yougov had a poll last week showing Cameron’s popularity falling but Corbyn’s falling even faster. The betting odds are now showing Corbyn most likely to leave office next year.

    • Mike Sivier November 5, 2015 at 1:18 am - Reply

      Ah yes, YouGov – that scrupulously impartial polling organisation co-founded by Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi. Hmm.
      Yes, your own biases are definitely indicated.
      I reblogged the Dunt piece from because I was relieved that another professional journalist was standing up and saying what we had all seen.

  3. AndyH November 4, 2015 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Cameron’s jokes make me cringe – the fact he thinks he can tell jokes is a testimony to his arrogance.

  4. shaunt November 4, 2015 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    Mike, I note this piece is in the ‘uncategorized’ section’ so posting off topic may not be quite so bad. I read to today that the National Grid issued the first request/notice(?) for firms to use back-up electricity to reduce the load on the Grid and that’s buying in electricity at £240 per/kw up from £60. A significant factor in the output shortage is the closure of coal powered stations. I read elsewhere that the reason we went cap in hand to China and EDF is that Gideon, at a time when interest rates are close to zero will not for ideological reasons finance replacements – finance infrastructure improvements, This MighT be a good way of getting across the it’s better to invest now than to have insufficient electricity available for the nation to produce products. There is also the Chinese state sponsored company Britain has chosen to build the much needed and delayed replacements.
    Please excuse writing as in hospital and lights gone also my temp was at 40.1 c last night so not at best.
    Also I;m in small office space, which is better than in the shower anti-room which is where others have been staying – staff have/are brilliant, but dangerously busy at times – for them and patients -it’s only early November and exceptionally mild!

  5. mikey mikey November 5, 2015 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Andrew Sparrow over at the Graund has a rather different interpretation of Corbyn’s performance at this weeks PMQ.

    Unlike Sparrow, however, Ian Dunt had actually watched it.

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