The story of PMQs was to have been the clash of the titans, Gordon Brown and David Cameron. However, it turned out to be rather different and the headline was, yet again, a trouncing for Ming.
I certainly felt that David Cameron got the better of Gordon Brown, who looked quite nervous and spoke rather hesitantly. Cameron, by contrast, appeared confident and asked some good questions. Brown answered them competently. The whole exchange felt like initial skirmishings before the main contest.
But Ming Campbell's performance was lamentable and Gordon Brown lost no time in sticking the knife in, saying his "door is always open to the Right Honourable Gentleman". This provoked guffaws from everyone apart from the LibDem benches, who looked as though they were about to throw up. Brown gave Ming the opportunity for a funny follow-up, but the old barrister in him couldn't summon up the killer line and muttered that his door was "more like a trap door". He then asked a weak follow-up question containing three sub questions about nuclear power and council tax.
John Reid's intervention was interesting in that he made Brown look a fool. Brown had promised David Cameron to look at whether an Islamic extremist group could be banned. Reid intervened to say that he had reviewed the evidence while he was Home Secretary and there wasn't enough evidence for a ban. I actually don't think Reid was trying to cause mischief, but that it the effect of what he said.
So maybe Brown's honeymoon has had a little interruption. Nick Robinson reckons Tory MPs have a spring in their step.
UPDATE: It seems most others found Ming's trap door line much funnier and more impressive than I did. Just shows, you can't win 'em all! Perhaps I shouldn't have been writing a blog post and watching PMQs at the same time. I am obviously emulating President Ford who was memorably accused of not being able to fart and chew gum at the same time. Can;t remember who by though...
UPDATE: Thanks to David Boothroyd for agreeing with me about Ming. Seems we are in a minority of two!