Tradition, sarcasm and extraordinary silliness mix in committee room ten as the private members' bills are selected.
In one of his more complex jibes against Ed Miliband, David Cameron declared in the Commons chamber this afternoon: "The weak are a long time in politics."
There are two types of very difficult conversations which Ukip campaigners face on the doorstep. In one, they are accused of being racist. In the other, they find the voters are more racist than themselves.
The sun is shining on Conservative canvassers in Hemel Hempstead. They are well-organised and can afford to be cheerful – but frustrations about the coalition are threatening to dent their whopping majority.
It was as if David Cameron was using an invisible blue rosette as his shield. No matter how grievous the problem he was confronted with, he deflected his answer and turned it into an appeal for a Tory vote.
After months of their compatriots being battered by the British press, you couldn't blame the Romanian and Bulgarian ambassadors for being a bit miffed.
There was no room for grief or even celebration at Margaret Thatcher's funeral - just the sterile solemnity of the Establishment.
This was a day for the grizzled old veterans, the wrinklies of the Commons, to come out and deliver their verdicts on the politician who dominated their prime period in public life.
The chancellor's strange combination of nervousness and indignation finally gets the better of him.
You can only have so many open goals before you score...
Ed Miliband's humour and David Cameron's good mood made this prime minister's questions an oddly light-hearted one. MPs will have a spring in their step as they drift off for lunch this afternoon.
NHS chief Sir David Nicholson has turned his removal from reality into the shield that protects him - and MPs' veneer of civility is wearing thin.
Ed Miliband put in a predictable and unconvincing performance, but by the time he had left the Chamber, he had stuck in a pin in David Cameron's EU balloon.
David Cameron's Europe speech has had an electric effect on the Conservative party. This might just prove to be the PMQs which pushes the Tories over the line in 2015.
If a grown-up baby were to hold a well-attended, much-reported speech to announce it had no choice but to throw all its toys out of the pram, and was preparing to give its teddy bears a vote on whether to leave the family unit altogether, it would look something like this.
Breaking every rule in British politics, Miliband showed you can make headway while defending the EU.
Whereas the Rose Garden was charming and novel, we have now grown familiar with the tedious, forced bonhomie which now prevails between these two men.
This was David Cameron's first opportunity to bash Ed Balls since the shadow chancellor's autumn statement howler last week. Britain was in for a masterclass in bullying bravado.
The chancellor had to apologise for being so distracting from the grim realities of Britain in 2012. But it didn't work: Tory MPs were hypnotised into adulation.
Around them their respective backbenchers yelled and brayed, but the moment seemed to hold. Their eyes locked...
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