The other day I had the dubious pleasure of watching PMQs, since I was off work. A very grubby spectacle that nobody ever seems to come out of well, least of all that mad shouty woman with her arm in a sling. It consists of questions that often aren’t really questions and answers that aren’t really answers, but the MPs seem to like it for some reason.
Most of the answers to Miliband’s questions seemed to be pre-prepared lists of Tory acheivements that were going to be reeled off whatever the question was, and amongst that list was something about the successful completion of the Olympic park. I thought at the time it was a bit cheeky to try and claim credit for a ten-year project when you have only been in charge for the last two years, though I wasn’t surprised.
A day later and there is a bit of fuss about the security contractors not being up to scratch and troops having to come in and fill the gaps and the government are trying to lay the blame on the previous administration since they let the contracts.
Regardless of the merits of either argument, it takes a lot of chutzpah to try and claim the credit for everything that goes right and blame someone else for the bits that go wrong. If two years in charge is long enough to be resonsible for the building work, why isn’t it enough to be responsible for the security?