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Collegiality was short-lived in the Commons as mindless optimism returns | John Crace

Politics became only fleetingly kinder after the death of David Amess, and the Tories were sticking to Covid Plan A: do nothing

A little of what had been said had sunk in, after all. Temporarily at least. There had been a suspicion that the many fine words that had been spoken in tribute to David Amess on Monday might have been quickly forgotten by the time prime minister’s questions came round. But Keir Starmer was keen to keep the mood music playing and opened by reminding Boris Johnson of the commitment MPs from both sides of the Commons to a kinder and more gentle form of politics.

“I am going to be collegiate,” the leader of the opposition said. A look of panic crossed Boris’s eyes. He thrives on division and point scoring, not consensus. Starmer went on to address the online safety bill. There were still many social media platforms on which violent and extremist content was posted: could the government commit to giving the bill its second reading by the end of the year? If so, it would have Labour’s backing. Boris tried to think of a reason why not, but quickly realised he was cornered and promised to give the bill a pre-Christmas nudge.

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