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With three minutes to go before the start of Prime Minister’s Questions, George Osborne, the Chancellor, arrived—moments later, the Prime Minister appeared and both took their places on the front bench. The Prime Minister was not wearing his glasses which was unusual. How could he need them one week, but not the next? Has he switched to contact lenses—or are the glasses more prop than necessity, an attempt to emphasise the cosy, donnish aspects of the Cameron character? Opposite the PM, the two Eds, Balls and Miliband took their seats: Edwardian Labour in all its splendour.

Steve Brine (Cons, Winchester)…

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