It is typical of modern spin led politics that the Prime Minister’s choice of this catch phrase to a noisy Commons should be regarded as so significant. Whilst it is a phrase that the rest of us do not normally use, it is hardly the cruellest put down.
The country is at war in two Middle Eastern countries. The country is seeking to recover from a huge debt and banking crisis. The government is embarked on reforms of the NHS, benefits system and education. We are a few days away from a referendum on our voting system and from numerous Council elections about local services and the Council Tax. Yet the thing which gets the Opposition Spin doctors into orbit is the use of the phrase “Calm down dear”.