Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer went toe-to-toe for the first PMQs in a fortnight, following the Labour leader’s self-isolation last week, creeping over old issues and new.
The effectiveness of NHS Test and Trace and the pressing need for further financial support for those who can’t work were top of the agenda, with SNP and Labour MPs often singing from the same hymn sheet.
But having spent the bulk of PMQs giving his usual lines about throwing his arms around the country, harking back to historic support and saying the Chancellor would continue to be “creative” in further measures, there was a change of tone that suggested he was actually listening.
When you’ve got the Bank of England telling you it’s time to think again, it might be worth seeing what is left in kitty.
Downing Street was also forced to clarify it is not expecting McDonald’s to start offering table service (shame) and that one-night stands remain legal, but it seems christenings will come under greater restrictions than weddings and funerals, which is likely to set the cat among the pigeons.
Particularly if, as appears to be the case, the baby will be included in the rule of six.
However, it seems you are bracing yourself for things to get worse than the rule of six by Christmas, with 45 per cent of respondents to our daily poll expecting to celebrate as a single household. A third of you are hopeful the rule of six will still be in place, while 22 per cent are optimistic of a loosening of restrictions for the special day.
I’ll be back tomorrow from 8am for more from Westminster and beyond.