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Jeremy Corbyn Missé-Missés an open goal at PMQs

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking during Prime Minister's Questions.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking during Prime Minister's Questions.

It should have been the easiest job in the world.

Questions to the Prime Minister took place just minutes after her Chancellor had announced a screeching U-turn on a key Budget proposal.

Jeremy Corbyn stood up, looked across the Commons and saw a political open goal.

He had the ball at his feet, six yards out. The Labour leader calmly side-footed it wide of the post.

For a brief period in 1998, back when Labour was capable of forming a government, Dundee United had a striker called Jean-Jacques Missé-Missé on the books, I kid you not.

Corbyn Misséd again and again and again at PMQs. Sure, the correct words were there but declaring, quite rightly, that the government is “in a bit of chaos” only works if you can focus and hone attack lines into something that will get you on the scoreboard.

Labour is now trying to take credit for forcing the policy reversal when everyone knows it was Tory rebels who forced the shift.

In the dying moments of the Commons match, Yvette Cooper popped up and nutmegged the unimpressive Prime Minister, making her look pretty silly on tax.

Labour MPs looked around, wondering if they would be on the winning team if she had beaten Corbyn to the leadership 20 months ago.

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