Prime Minister’s question time (PMQs) is known for lengthy questions and answers from Prime Ministers and backbenchers so it was interesting to observe a brief bit of brevity from the Prime Minister in two of her answers on Wednesday.
See lines 12 and 28:
01 DB: thank you (.) mister speaker 02 the prime minister has two groups of ministers 03 trying different scenarios 04 for a frictionless border with Ireland 05 we know the backstop alignment can only be ended 06 if another solution is found 07 isn’t it the truth 08 she doesn’t have a clue 09 how it might work 10 ((shouts of ‘here here’)) 11 (2.6) 12 PM: ↓no 13 ((cheers)) 14 (4.2) 15 SP: mister Philip Davies 16 (1.3) 17 PD: er thank you er 18 thank you mister speaker 19 can I er can I paraphrase our former colleague 20 the late great er Eric Forth 21 er Prime Minister I believe in the (.) free market 22 I believe in (.) individual freedom 23 individual responsibility 24 and I’m suspicious of the nanny state 25 am I still a Conservative 26 ((shouts)) 27 (4.3) 28 PM: ↓yes 29 ((cheers)) 30 (5.2) 31 SP: thank you 32 Sir Vincent cable Prime Minister, Theresa May (PM); The Speaker (SP) Deidre Brock (DB); Philip Davies (PD)
Prime Minister’s Questions, The House of Commons, 23rd May 2018