It’s an often heard argument that a lot of the electorate feel politics isn’t that relevant to their everyday lives, they feel disenfranchised from it and the MPs that represent them.
But whether a good, old fashioned bout of ‘your mum’ is the answer is certainly open to debate.
Yet, nonetheless, that’s what happened in Prime Minister’s Questions today when David Cameron – yes, the Prime Minister – and Jeremy Corbyn brought their mums in to it.
How it unfolded
The Prime Minister: ‘I am very proud of the NHS in Oxfordshire and everyone who works in it. Having met the head of the Oxford Radcliffe trust recently, I know that he supports the move towards more seven-day services. That is absolutely vital.
Carolyn Harris (Swansea East) (Lab): ‘Ask your mother!’
The Prime Minister: ‘Ask my mother? I know what my mother would say. She would look across the Dispatch Box and say, “Put on a proper suit, do up your tie and sing the national anthem.”’
Jeremy Corbyn: ‘If we are talking of motherly advice, my late mother would have said, “Stand up for the principle of a health service free at the point of use for everybody.” That is what she dedicated her life to, as did many of her generation.
We are more than three quarters of the way into this financial year. The NHS deficit is already £2.26 billion, and 53% of NHS trust finance directors say that the quality of care in their local area has worsened this year. What will the deficit be by the end of next month?’
The Prime Minister: ‘…My mother is as proud of the NHS as I am, and she would be pleased to know that in the NHS today, there are 1.9 million more people going to A&E, 1.6 million more operations, 10,700 more doctors and 11,800 more nurses. I think that if Nye Bevan were here today, he would want a seven-day NHS, because he knew that the NHS was for patients up and down our country.’