After a fairly quiet week for the Labour leader, PMQs this week was a restrained but solid victory for Corbyn. Cameron was left to play the rhetorician yet again in his failure to offer sincere-sounding responses, and his perceived lack of humanity. Consistently, throughout his opening series of PMQs, Corbyn has managed to honour his promise to speak on behalf of normal people.
Almost 100 days after becoming leader of the Labour party, Corbyn has appeared consistently competent in debate with the Prime Minister. The new politics has been about moving the political discourse into the living rooms of Britain, rather than out of reach of all but the most seasoned Etonites.
While many commentators may not enjoy Corbyn’s sombre PMQs appearances, and prefer the sparring banter they saw between Osborne and Eagle last week, it’s important to remember this isn’t an entertainment show: it’s real life. Can we really celebrate the idea of spectacle over substance?
In many ways, this week’s session followed the same lines as every other Cameron-Corbyn spar: serious questions with mention of actual humans, versus rhetoric-driven replies that fall back on the state of the economy. As we enter the Christmas period, those who suggested Jeremy’s leadership must consider this.
Faced with the relentless attacks that come from the media and, in many cases, inside his own party, Corbyn is biting back in his signature manner. And transforming PMQs into People’s Questions has been one of his greatest moves.
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