Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Punch and Judy return to PMQs
Donald Macintyre writes political sketches for The Independent, having been Jerusalem correspondent since 2004, covering Israel and the Occupied Territories, as well as travelling for the paper to Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Libya and Egypt. As Political Editor and then Chief Political Commentator, he previously covered the John Major and early Tony Blair era. He has written for the Daily Express, Sunday Times, Times and Sunday Telegraph, and Sunday Correspondent. He is the author of Mandelson and the Making of New Labour (2000).
Wednesday 02 April 2014
True, no one remembers manifestos, including Labour’s in 2010, with the strange cover of a family staring across fields at a blaze of light which might have been a sunrise but looked more like a nuclear explosion. But David Cameron should have given it the once-over before claiming that it pledged to sell off the Royal Mail.
It must have been the renewed heat of Prime Minister’s Questions that got to him, for we were back in the bear pit today.
The PM was not the “Wolf of Wall Street but the dunce of Downing Street” for allowing investors to sell shares they had bought at “mates’ rates”, said Ed Miliband. And he was as “red as a postbox” with embarrassment at losing the taxpayer £1.4bn.
Cameron, however, said he would not take lessons from “the two muppets” who advised Gordon Brown to sell gold at a loss of £9bn.
It was the Labour leader’s day, for sure. But more for the argument than the quality of the insults.
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