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Today's politicians seldom grasp that less is more. Yesterday we had the final PMQs before the election.
It lasted twice its proper length and bulged with hyperbole, screaming japery and more moist- hanky adieus than the quayside at Cherbourg.
Midday - Session - Hour - Speaker - Bercow
The midday session should take half an hour but Speaker Bercow has let that slip over the past few years, and the event has duly lost some of its dramatic tension.
Yesterday Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn were still doing the preliminaries – howling slogans at each other – at 20 minutes past the hour.
Leadership - Mrs - May - Mr - Corbyn
‘Strong and stable leadership,’ honked Mrs May. ‘Strong on the weak but weak on the strong,’ replied Mr Corbyn.
‘This is the last PMQs,’ said Mr Corbyn, pausing fatally. ‘FOR YOU!’ yelled Tory MPs.
Question - Tory - Side - Richard - Drax
An early question from the Tory side gave Richard Drax (S Dorset) a chance to mention the gamey views of a man in Mr Corbyn’s clique. Apparently he wanted to disband MI5, disarm the police and scrap our nuclear weapons.
To one side of Mrs May sat Chancellor Philip Hammond and Home Secretary Amber Rudd. The anti-Boris alliance, we can perhaps call those two.
Ones - Foreign - Secretary - Boris - Johnson
Are they the ones who have been calling for Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to be kept out of the Tory campaign? Boris himself stood at the far end of the Chamber, near the double doors, fully visible to all.
Little Tim Farron was trying to catch the Speaker’s eye, at this point to no avail. Corbyn was running through questions supplied to him by members of the public – ‘Christopher’, ‘Maureen’, ‘Sibyl’ etc.
Thornberry - Auto-nod - Head - Mr - Corbyn
Emily Thornberry, beside him, was on auto-nod. She just kept lifting and dropping her head, whatever Mr Corbyn was saying. What weirdos they look when they do that.
Mrs May went into a riff in which...
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