Cameron kicked off this week’s session with the government’s U-turn on TA funding, welcoming the decision, in a clear attempt to take the credit following his questioning last week. In a much more adversarial display than the last session, Cameron attacked the PMs dithering over the TA cuts and asked "Why does he keep getting it wrong?"
The focus then turned to the economy, in light of the recent GDP figures revealing that UK was still in recession, trailing other EU countries such as France and Germany. Cameron said that Britain is in the longest recession since records began. "This prime minister did not end boom and bust," he said to cheers from the Tory benches. The PM reiterated that the country would be out of recession by the end of the year, and lambasted the Tories for their judgements failures; he claimed there would be a "deeper and longer recession with more unemployment if we listened to them."... “They are not fit even to be the opposition."
Clegg raised the government’s commitment to climate change, claiming Brown had done "far too little, far too late" and attacking the role he played in Labour voting down the 10.10 campaign. The PM defended his green record by claiming the UK had met its Kyoto targets, and had been the first country to introduce climate change legislation.
Sir Stuart Bell raised the subject no one else dare, expenses, asking about the “next steps” after the Kelly report. The PM said he would await the report being published and implementation would be a matter for the independent parliamentary standards authority
Overall, a solid performance from the PM despite Cameron’s best efforts to undermine him, Brown was on angry form and this is often when he performs best. Clegg once again opted for a principled stance but failed to inflict any real damage on the PM.