Today's first PMQs of the new parliament may well be interesting for a number of reasons. Some will be relishing the prospect of David Cameron and Harriet Harman squaring up to each other, but my suspicion is that David Cameron will not go over the top in his attacks on her.
Cameron is no longer Leader of the Opposition and I think he may well decide that statesmanship is the order of the day. If anything, I suspect this afternoon will be a very tepid encounter. I'd be surprised if Harriet Harman went on the attack as she will surely realise that it would be to misjudge the moment. A series of questions on Israel is a probability, I suspect.
But if Cameron does decide to cut out the party politics of PMQs, will it last? We all remember when he first became leader of the party that he wanted to stop the punch and judy of PMQs. That lasted all of three weeks before the realities of PMQs kicked in.
In my view there is a happy medium for a Prime Minister at PMQs. Most of the time a Prime Minister should stay above party politics, but if he is attacked in a gratuitous manner by the Leader of the Opposition there is nothing wrong with firing back with a few choice salvos. Gordon Brown never quite got the balance right and almost spit at David Cameron. He would also come out with the same rehearsed lines over and over again.
David Cameron is a better politician than that, but I think a prolonged period of statesmanlike answers is the best way to go, whatever temptation is dangled in front of him.