Prime Minister’s Questions – 12:00 pm 13/01/2016 At The Palace of Westminster, London
Corbyn let’s Cameron off the hook
With the big political issue of the day being a junior doctors strike going on that very day, a strike the Labour party broadly support, PMQ’s was the perfect opportunity for Jeremy Corbyn to raise, er housing. Yes housing? Really housing? At first you though maybe this was a clever attempt to catch the PM off guard and maybe he will raise that other huge issue later, but no Mr Corbyn decided to use all six questions on housing.
So there we are. With that settled Mr Corbyn started rather well. Pointing out the new money announced to re develop housing estates would barely pay for the bulldozers. Good line. Cameron hit back with the well known statistic that the Tories have built more council homes than Labour did in 13 years, but on the issue, Cameron was waffling. Corbyn added that some of those being bulldozed will be some of the same people using Cameron’s ‘Right to buy’ policy. Will they be guaranteed to be re-housed? Good stuff from Corbyn, Cameron even accused Corbyn of being a small ‘c’ conservative in desperation for an answer. It didn’t work and Corbyn’s plan go on housing appeared, shock of shocks, to be working.
However true to form Corbyn could not keeping going. He asked a weak question linked to housing and the living wage which tried to do the same as the question before linking the issue to Cameron’s other policies, but it failed to have the same impact. It allowed the PM to set out a more general record of things he has.re-build some confidence and accuse Corbyn of standing in the way of potentially 1.3 million council tenants wanting to buy there own homes. He asked Corbyn why that was his policy? When the PM resorts to asking questions at PMQ’s, there is an obvious response in pointing out it is the PM supposed to be answering the questions, Corbyn did not take it and ploughed through another pre-written question. After a good start Corbyn was losing his way and allowed Cameron to point out there was no answer to his question and ‘what was he scared of allowing 1.3 million council tenants to own their own home’ Cameron was starting to get on top as Corbyn had let him off the hook.
In the final act Corbyn resorted to his play of asking a question from the public. He still has not understood this does not work, takes the edge off his own performance and makes it easy for Cameron to respond. This is exactly what occurred. Corbyn also made the mistake of choosing a question from a pensioner concerned about the so called ‘bedroom tax.’ Cameron pointed out with a slightly venomous hint of sarcasm that pensioners don’t pay this to cheers from the Tory benches who knew with that line it was all over, Cameron had won. There just enough time to have a general flurry about the policies of the Labour Party to dig the knife in, a party who don’t believe in home ownership, defence, work or Britain. Cameron finishes on top in an exchange he really should not have done, same old story for Jeremy Corbyn.
MOON OF LIBERTY VERDICT (Out of 5)
David Cameron 3 Jeremy Corbyn 2 – Jeremy fails to take his chance