Cool as a cucumber
Clever. Very clever. David Cameron knew that today he'd been set up to be the jester at PMQs. Thus he designed questions to make sure that all the political heat was sucked out of the chamber - praise for the armed forces followed by questions about the floods then the Middle East and then praise for the PM's achievements and best wishes for his family.
It worked. As Labour MPs muttered and heckled all Tony Blair could do was thank him whilst his wife Cherie mouthed "thank you" from the public gallery.
Yesterday I surprised some viewers of the Six O'Clock News by saying that if Cameron were relaxed about the defection of an MP I was a "pineapple". (My six year old son's favourite affectionate insult these days which just popped in to my mind).
Today's performance proved that Cameron is more cucumber than pineapple.