Whose jibe hit home hardest?
In today’s PMQs, David Cameron failed to answer a question by Jeremy Corbyn about the fact that his government is failing in its promise to provide 30 hours’ free childcare to too many parents and children.
Instead, he wandered off up a disputational back alley to discuss the announcement that former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is Mr Corbyn’s latest financial adviser.
Wrongly claiming that Varoufakis had ruined the Greek economy, Cameron went for a knockout punch by hooting that Corbyn’s economic policy was “Acropolis now”.
Did it connect?
Not in This Writer’s opinion.
It was a claim based on a falsehood – or at least, a matter that is debatable. Cameron built his castle on sand and it won’t stand up attack.
So, what about Corbyn’s response?
Attacking Conservative education policy, he pointed out that too many schools are having to hire ‘agency’ teachers, in the same way as the health service – on which he has commented in a previous PMQs confrontation.
Are we living in “agency Britain”? He asked.
Again, not really.
The facts may be accurate but the words themselves lacked bite.
We’re probably going to have to put this down as a no-score draw. In any case,with the EU referendum campaign continuing, Cameron’s hardest critics were sitting behind him.
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