Another week, another head-to-head between Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer at PMQs.
In the past, Starmer has been praised for his “forensic” approach to asking Johnson questions.
His calm, lawyer-style approach makes Starmer stand out from Johnson and his Labour predecessor Jeremy Corbyn.
But today it was all change in the Chamber, as Starmer mounted an impassioned critique of Johnson’s handling of the pandemic. The Labour leader invoked his closest family members after Johnson accused him of criticising the NHS over track and trace, saying:
Mr Speaker the prime minister knows that my complaint is not with the NHS. It’s with the government. My wife works for the NHS. My mother worked for the NHS. My sister works for the NHS. So I’m not going to take lectures from the prime minister on supporting the NHS.
When Starmer said this, Johnson’s face told its own story…
During this week’s PMQs, Johnson defended himself against criticisms of track and trace. He also gave an impassioned defence of Dido Harding, the Tory peer and Interim Chair National Institute for Health Protection who has faced criticism in recent weeks.
On Twitter, people were impressed with Starmer’s performance.
Your move, Boris.