Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Harriet hits Hague for six

Not only did Harriet Harman, remarkably, have the better jokes at PMQs today, she clearly outshone William Hague as a result. Of course, it helps that expectations for Harman were lowered by the media and Tory backbench gigglers. But those who helped prepare her did their job well and the doyen of parliamentary comedians was left reeling. (Contrary to the BBC's online report of the exchange, Hague did not as I suggested earlier say that Harman was the first woman to do PMQs for Labour (Margaret Beckett did so in 1994 as temporary leader of the opposition) but the first women to answer questions, so I have amended my earlier posting.)

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