Jeremy Corbyn sinks Prime Minister’s Questions to ‘dishwater debate’

Labour leader accused of turning weekly clash with David Cameron into a boring and bland affair, failing to offer strong opposition and probing questions

by the commentator on 16 September 2015 14:10


Labour’s new leader Jeremy Corbyn came under fire from political pundits this afternoon for turning the weekly clash with Prime Minister David Cameron into a bland affair. Corbyn kicked-off the proceedings by promising a new kind of politics and rattling off questions sent to him via email from members of the public.

Commenting on the exchange, Mark Wallace from ConservativeHome said, “Only Jeremy ​Corbyn could radically change something to make it more bland. His new approach to PMQs, to read out questions sent in by supporters and members of the public, was fine – but only fine. Fine in the sense of plain porridge, or a grey day on which it neither rains, blows nor shines. Fine because he survived intact, while Cameron was given a safe platform to talk about how well the government is doing. There was no sign of real scrutiny in the proceedings.

Wallace continued, “If he gets good advice, Corbyn will sharpen it a bit in future – using the guest question as an introduction, but following it up with more pressing queries. If he doesn’t, then it’s hard to see anyone tuning in for more of this. For all the griping about the bearpit approach to PMQs, even Punch and Judy politics is preferable to such a dishwater debate.”

But Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee heaped praise on the embattled Labour leader claiming his performance was that of a “...dignified and calm man, seasoned by years of parliamentary experience.”

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