David Cameron has taken to treating Ed Miliband with a sort of pitiable contempt. The Speaker had more of an impact than the man supposed to be giving him a hard time.
It had started out so promisingly. In their first bouts Cameron versus Miliband seemed an evenly matched contest. The Labour leader appeared capable of genuinely winding Cameron up. The PM is at his worst when he is made to appear posh; Miliband was getting quite good at bringing out Cameron's innate uppityness.
Since then, alas, the dynamic has changed. Miliband has become increasingly placid. He lacks bite. Yesterday, he barely managed to open his mouth.
Part of the problem may be his penchant for short questions. These are presumably supposed to show him as a direct sort of guy. But the bleating tone he employs — that sort of rebuking regretfulness usually deployed by teachers at a moment's notice — makes it seem less impressive. "We read in the papers" that Cameron has scrapped sentencing discounts, he began. "HasRead More »from What teenage girls and David Cameron have in common