I'm blogging rather than tweeting because I can't quite get twitter to work on my iPad yet.. my own stupidity.. so below are notes, as I might usually tweet.
Ed M 1 - On Libya, what support is the PM offering to multilateral organisations in dealing with refugee emergencies on the Libyan border.
DC: We have people out there helping with the humanitarian situation, and we are in touch with multilateral organisations, and this will be coordinated from Palestine.
Ed M 2: We both agreed on Monday that the international community should pile pressure on Europe, can the PM tell us how the no fly policy is going?
DC - We are pressuring Gadaffi in a number of ways including financially and diplomatically. We will take very touch action if Gadaffi continue's to unleash violence on his own people. We are still "actively considering" a no fly zone and chatting with Mrs Clinton on this.
Ed M 3: It has been agreed that sanctions should be followed through. Can the PM assure the House that we can deal with military commitments when force numbers are being cut.
DC: I can give the House that assurance. We are not short of troops for operational purposes, but we inherited chaos and a black hole in the nation's finances.
** NOTE ** PMQ's today is a very laid back, chilled out affair thus far. It was always going to be, but it's interesting that proper knock about today is coming only from the back benches. This could be entirely the right call by Ed Miliband - I don't know!
PM asked about policing in London. Didn't hear who was called, and don't recognise the voice, but we're talking policing in numbers - does the PM believe the London Mayor who says we have enough cops on the streets, or serving cops who say we don't.
PM replies robustly quoting the former Chair of the Police Federation Jan Berry who has backed greater efficiencies in Policing.
Ed M 4 - The PM is adamant that there is no need for cuts in council services, so why are Bromley cutting 13 of 16 children's service centres?
PM doesn't address Bromley specifically, but he attacks authorities who are failing to cut responsibly without cutting important services.
Ed M 5 - We are getting used to the Prime Minister's U-turn, we've seen it on school sport, we've seen it on forests and we've seen it on housing benefits.. can he u-turn on S-start cuts.
PM - Next he'll be giving me a lesson on family loyalty. DC attacks Labour planned cuts, which are £2Bn less than the coalition cuts - says it's time he gets off the opportunistic bandwagon and to come up with his own policies.
Ed M "This is a guy who has made a career out of opportunistic"
** THINKING OF HITCHIKERS GUIDE - Zaephod Beadlebrox (or however it's spelt) "He's JUST this guy!".
PM Attacks Labour deficit once again.
SPEAKER INTERJECTS - I want to get to the bottom of the order paper and the House must help with that process.
PM - Money is there, S-start centres do not need to shut. Next he'll be giving us a lesson in Brother, where art thou.
*** Notes ***
PMQ's today was a game of two halves. Ed M and DC were genuinely working together to discuss the Middle East, though the first half was FAR from political point-scoring free.
Ed M's second batch of questions, and DC's answers had some very real punch and judy in it.
Who won? Blimey, I honestly don't know - but I certainly hope we see more knock about next week.
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