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24 March 2010

PMQs review

Rowdy House warms up for the Budget.

By James Macintyre

Regards from a jam-packed and extremely rowdy House of Commons on Budget Day, on which David Cameron and Gordon Brown have just had their weekly clash at Prime Minister’s Questions. Cameron went on the attack over “a picket line outside the Treasury”, before Brown congratulated him on his “good news” about his post-election baby-to-come.

Cameron hurled a few obscure questions about documents about gold and pensions apparently being withheld, but Brown ridiculed him for having “nothing to say” abour the important issues affecting British people.

Brown tried to ask Cameron about “Lord” Ashcroft, but Cameron refused to answer. Cameron sounded a little OTT when he concluded by asking: “How much longer are we going to have to wait before we get rid of this useless Prime Minister?” Brown then listed a range of issues — ending with Ashcroft — on which the Tories have been “wrong, wrong, wrong”.

A gleeful George Osborne turned in delight to William Hague before patting Cameron on the back, but from the Press Gallery it looked like Cameron barely made a significant hit. Perhaps Osborne will do better in round two against the Chancellor, during the Budget, coming up next.

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