Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer faced each other at Prime Minister’s Questions for the first time on Wednesday. The new Labour leader had not yet been given the chance to quiz the Prime Minister after Mr Johnson had been recovering from a serious coronavirus infection. LBC host Nigel Farage scrutinised both performances and said there was a “big marked contrast” between Mr Starmer and his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn.
He told listeners: “It was, in boxing terms, a points win for Keir Starmer but not a knock out blow.
“Whilst the Government is in huge trouble on the fact they stopped the whole tracing element on March 12.
“As Jenny Harries admitted yesterday, they simply hadn’t got capacity.
“Sir Keir almost got Boris to admit that but didn’t really follow up I didn’t think as hard as he should have done.”
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Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer faced each other at Prime Minister’s Questions.
Mr Farage continued: “Similarly on testing, I felt like he could have been even more critical than he was.
“In terms of style, it’s quite interesting because Starmer is polite, courteous, and it’s a big marked contrast to Jeremy Corbyn.
“Corbyn, when he spoke to the hated Tories, was nearly always seething with rage.
“Whilst that may well have been what the Corbynite core base wanted to see, I don’t think it appealed more broadly to the country.”
“It was, in boxing terms, a points win for Keir Starmer.”
The LBC host added: “It is truly astonishing. We have these 5pm charades, and alright, maybe we expect the minister to put on a PR show, but where are the searching, leading questions?
“They’re not there, but we did see some of those actually in the House of Commons today so, in political terms, quite a big day.
“The first confrontation between the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who was back in the House of Commons after being away for six weeks, and Sir Keir Starmer, the relatively new leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.”
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Mr Farage continued: “Of course, it was slightly odd because only 50 MPs were in the Commons so you didn’t get the booing and jeering on each side.
“It was interesting to watch the exchange. Sir Keir was very lawyer-like as you would expect, well-briefed, he asked questions.
“He clearly had anticipated already what the answers would be with the follow-ups that then came afterwards.
“With Boris, I think the 200,000 was a sort of unforced error. That came out of nowhere.
“He’s been very ill, he probably isn’t back to 100 percent, there was a lot of umming and erring from Boris.”