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The weather has changed—across the country, but also in Westminster. This summer, the Prime Minister was in a bullish mood. The economy was picking up, Labour seemed in disarray, Ed was looking weak and the heatwave combined with multiple sporting success had brought a mood of national optimism. How long ago that must now seem. Ed Miliband has, since then, begun to look a much more substantial figure—it is he, and not the PM, who is currently making the political weather.

Today’s Prime Minister’s Questions was dominated by the issue of energy prices, a subject thrust forward by Miliband in…

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