Today in Prime Minister’s Questions, Jeremy Corbyn struck a body blow against David Cameron when he accused the prime minister of “answering the question before last”.
He was commenting on the behaviour highlighted by a commenter calling him/herself Jaraine on the Guardian‘s live blog: “Labour’s Khalid Mahmood asks why the number of skilled apprenticeships has fallen.
“Cameron says the government is building more houses.”
Some readers may not grasp the reference. It is to a sketch by The Two Ronnies in which Messrs Barker and Corbett play quizmaster and contestant on Mastermind.
Corbyn was (appropriately) casting himself as the Ronnie Barker character – serious and professional, with Cameron as Ronnie Corbett – equally serious, but spouting apparent nonsense in response to each question.
This chimes perfectly with what Jeremy Corbyn wrote in an Independent column earlier – that Cameron has yet to provide him with a straight answer after 100 questions.
So, for your pleasure and Mr Cameron’s instruction: If he’s going to answer the question before last, here’s how to do it properly.
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