19th March 2010 at 00:00
Light and flaky amp; Punch and Judy Show

Light and flaky

Prince Charles is a leading purveyor of challenging opinions on topics from architecture to nanobots. What will he pronounce on next? The surprising answer is: pastry and gender roles.

The latest thought from our future head of state reportedly bubbled up on a visit to celebrate Westminster Kingsway College's centenary at the kitchens of its Vincent Rooms restaurant.

Kate Sims, a student, said: "He thinks women are naturally good at pastry because of their lightness of touch. He asked me why I cook and when I said my grandmother was a good pastry cook he said women are good at pastry because of their lightness of touch."

Hmm, one might even say they belong in the kitchen, eh? The heir to the throne may have his own reasons for believing that your genes determine your future job, but it doesn't quite work like that for the rest of us.

Punch and Judy show

Tory leader David Cameron, who has been watching his poll lead slip despite running against a party that oversaw the largest recession for decades, continued his run of winning friends and influencing people on a visit to Lewisham College.

A crowd of around 100 students and unemployed people - those are two separate categories, you wags - gathered in south London to boo Mr Cameron, who was unfortunate not to have a wife in attendance to stick up for him.

The Conservative leader was uncomplaining afterwards, saying it was "a proper live public meeting". He added: "Politics should be lively. There should be arguments; there should be debates about what happened in the past. This is what politics should be like."

Quite right. Mr Cameron long ago abandoned his commitment to end "Punch and Judy politics", realising that Prime Minister's Questions shouldn't resemble circle time. So, students of Lewisham College and jobless locals, well done for letting your feelings be known: that's the way to do it.

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