Interestingly, Cameron was questioned by Tory backbenchers about policies dropped by the coalition, and was teased by Labour MPs about how a “great majority” in the House “distrust and despise the Liberal Democrats.” As for Harman, she does have a certain panache and she’s effective in Prime Minister’s Question Time. In the old days, Hague was her sparring partner. On marriage, she said, “Nick agrees with me” - won’t it cost half a billion quid to recognise marriage?” Cameron pointed to Labour’s plans of jacking up inheritance tax margins. “If recognising marriage is such a good thing for the better off, why doesn’t she do it for the worse off?” Great lines.
I would have liked Cameron to have ditched the tradition, invented by Blair, of kicking off PMQs by listing the casualties in Afghanistan. It speaks to Blair’s lack of military knowledge that he thought this appropriate: in the field, they hate it; thinking it gives a narrative of failure. You have the impression that the whole House is adjusting to the new chemistry. Labour’s strategy is clearly to drive a wedge between the Conservatives and the LibDems – Cameron will try to walk the line. I have a feeling that it will take until the summer recess for PMQs to get into its stride.