Just a quick word on this, as it’s generating a good deal more heat than light (just look at the comments here). Brown accused Cameron of turning the death of Baby P into a ‘party political’ matter – an accusation that genuinely enraged Cameron. People have been suggesting that of course it was Cameron being party-political, it was in PMQs after all. Well, I think there’s a distinction to be drawn here.
Had Cameron stood up and said that the death of Baby P was evidence of the failure of a Labour council and, by extension, of Labour administrations everywhere – that would have been a party political attack. Had he blamed the Government for it and said that under a Tory Government it would never have happened – that would have been a party political attack. That he asked a specific question, and then got tetchy that Brown wouldn’t answer them wasn’t party political. It might have been political, but it wasn’t party political. There is a difference, and it does matter.