Theresa sounded like the Queen Mum choking on a fishbone: QUENTIN LETTS sees May and Corbyn have a ding-dong about money at PMQs

Mail Online | 7/5/2017 | Quentin Letts for the Daily Mail
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Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn went at each other pretty hard – looking like a retirement-age couple having a ding-dong about money.

The argument at yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions was essentially the same as when David Cameron beat Ed Miliband in 2015: borrow more now to suck up politically to millions of public-sector workers, or keep pay tight and reduce the debt burden for future generations.

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Mr Corbyn, typical man, was in favour of a splurge. Mrs May said there was insufficient spare cash for him to go out and enjoy himself.

Ask your teenagers if they fancy paying for today’s adults to have an easier life and you may find that the youngsters suddenly turn less altruistic than the Socialist Worker-types claim.

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The principles here are common-sensical enough that Kenneth Clarke (Con, Rushcliffe) said he was supporting Mrs May. A rare event.

Both Mrs May and Mr Corbyn have improved at the despatch box. The PM did hit a pothole when she choked at one point and her voice almost completely disappeared for a few seconds. She suddenly started whispering – the Queen Mum after swallowing a fishbone.

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A gulp of water put her right and for the rest of the session she was pretty Thatcherish: stern and basso.

Mr Corbyn (gosh he’s long-winded) opened with a line about the Cabinet ‘flip-flopping and floundering’ on the pay cap. He never used to employ such TV-soundbite language. Maybe he has a new speechwriter. Mrs May, without quite telling Boris Johnson to take a special note of these words, replied that we ‘need to live within our means’.

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She is better on detail than her opponent. He had some statistic about the falling number of nurses. She said that was the total number of nurses who are registered in both the public and private sectors. The NHS was employing...
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