In the week when David Cameron told Labour it had been taking "policy-changing substances", the first PMQs in what felt like a decade revealed just how addicted MPs are to partisanship.
The prime minister wasn't going to let this occasion go by without slipping in at least one Government-Endorsed Joke. He may have been on holiday to Ibiza, but it was the opposition which had been indulging in something a little mind-bending. It was obviously pre-prepared and not actually funny, in the normally accepted meaning of the word. But all Cameron had to do was tee it up with a neat little pause and then thwack it into the ether for his backbenchers to roar their acclamation. The shadow Cabinet was full of consternation.
This turned out to be a specialism of the prime minister, who had them wriggling with discomfort again later in the session. "Hands up! Who wants a referendum? Don't be shy!" he told them. Ed Balls instantly developed an earnest wish to have a quick word in Ed Miliband's ear.Read More »from PMQs verdict: Mind-bendingly irritating