James Forsyth

Cameron endures his monthly unemployment grilling

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Downing Street is painfully aware that one PMQs in four is going to be about unemployment. Today, with the monthly figures having come out this morning, Miliband led on the subject.

The Cameron-Miliband exchanges were not particularly enlightening. Miliband said ‘it really is back to the 1980s’ and Cameron mocked Miliband for being ‘so incompetent, he can’t even do a U-turn properly’.

In the backbench questions, Cameron wasn’t put under much pressure. The news of the session came when he said in response to a question from Andrew Rosindell that the National Security Council had devoted a whole session to the Falklands yesterday.

At the end of the session, there was a bit of a hoo-ha about Cameron calling Dennis Skinner a ‘dinosaur’. Now, we can debate whether the Prime Minister is wise to get into the insult game. But those protesting on Skinner’s behalf should remember that he has not been above rude taunts himself.